Psalm 9 is once again written by King David of Israel. He wrote many of the Psalms and lived a turbulent life. Many of his years were spent at war, he enlarged the borders of Israel and made the kingdom very wealthy.
Even with all the warfare, David was considered a man after God’s own heart. He was honorable, and he made some really awful mistakes. Seeing those mistakes gives me hope for my own life.
More often than not I doubt God, and I have trouble believing that he’s coming to rescue me. In Psalm 121 we read about this very issue but we see that God is coming.
He will not allow you to fail, instead, he will rescue you, and bring you back to a place of peace.
Many times we blame the bad times on the enemy, and in some situations that could be true. The devil is a work in this world, and he hates the followers of Christ.
However, I think we have to blame ourselves a bit of the time as well. Sometimes we cause our own chaos, but we don’t like looking at ourselves and placing the blame there.
The blame doesn’t really matter if you think about it, instead what matters is that God is in control, and he’s on the way to rescue you. It’s his timetable, not yours, and whatever he decides will work out for good.
Just step aside and let him work, you’ll be glad that you did.
Psalm 9: For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies turn back; Psalm 9:1-6
they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.
Psalm 9 starts with David thanking God for all the wonderful things he’s done. I’m not sure when this Psalm was written in Davids’s life, but a lot of bad things happened in Davids’s life and he’s obviously not focused on them.
David was a man who looked upon the things God has done, and he refused to look at the negative things in his life. He understood that God moves at a different pace than us, and so instead of being annoyed by things still in process, he thanked God for what he completed.
How often do we do this in our own lives? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? If God is in your life, and you’re truly placing your trust in him, there should be excitement about the future in your heart.
No matter the situation, or issues you see in front of you, with God in your life you’ll see amazing things happen.
It’s something I’ve struggled with the last few years. I wanted to see God do great things, but instead, I’ve been trapped in a dead job that I hate.
However in the last 6 months, I’ve started to see change, and this change has transformed my life.
Psalm 9: The Lord Reigns Forever!!!
7 The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the people with equity.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; Psalm 9:7-12
proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.
When God is moving in your life, don’t forget to stop and praise him. Here in Psalm 9, David reminds us that God is in control of everything, and he’s in charge.
This is regardless of what we feel or believe.
Many things will frustrate me in life, but here in Psalm 9 I’m reminded that God is in control, and he will avenge me.
The cries of the afflicted cry out to God, and yet he does nothing, but how long until he does something? That is the question. Biblically speaking God is patient because he wants all men to have the chance to come back to him.
However, eventually, that patience wears things and God must act.
The evil ones that he faces must be judged, and perhaps they will turn back to him after that.
Psalm 9: The Lord Will Avenge, And Bless You!
13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
in the gates of Daughter Zion,
and there rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph; Psalm 9:13-20
let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
let the nations know they are only mortal.
In Psalm 9 we see that God is slow to act but quick to anger. This means God might be angry with you, but his patience is holding back his judgment.
If you’ve sinned or are sinning, ask for forgiveness. He will be gracious and loving, and you will be forgiven. Whatever you do, it can be covered under the blood of Jesus. Don’t forget he came to die for you, and he’s the only way.
If you’re serving God and you find yourself in an untenable situation. Look your eyes to the hills, because God will arrive soon. It might not be on your time, but he will arrive.
Find solace in the fact that many of us have gone before you. We’ve begged and pleaded for God to move, however, he only moves when he’s ready, but when he does the foundations of the world are transformed.