Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Psalm 9

Psalm 9 is done! One more after this, and then it will be time to sum up the last 5 posts... wish me luck on that again! Psalm 9, fortunately, it a bit longer than Psalm 8 was, so it might actually take up some room on the page this time.


1 I will praise You, O Lord, with all my heart;
     I will tell of all Your wonders.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in You;
     I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

Praise the Lord with everything you have - from your soul to your heart. He deserves our worship as no one else does. Rejoice in His name, for He has breathed the breath of life into us, and has saved us from eternal death. Spill our praise to the King of all the universe!

3 My enemies turn back;
     they stumble and perish before You.
4 For You have upheld my right and my cause;
     You have sat on Your throne, judging righteously.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
     You have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin have overtaken the enemy,
     You have uprooted their cities;
     even the memory of them has perished.

God has thrust away all, as he hates it. The wicked stand no chance whatsoever against the God who created the very earth on which they stand! None of them can face the Lord, and they will truly perish forever and ever, while those who come to the Lord can be saved and live with God forever through Christ. All mention of the unapologetic sinners will be washed away, never to be seen again. It is only in the name of God that we can stand firm.

7 The Lord reigns forever;
     He has established His throne for judgement.
8 He will judge the world in righteousness;
     He will govern the people with justice.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
     a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know Your name will trust in You,
     for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.

The Lord has reigned since before time, and He will continue to do so forever. He judges, but He does so righteously. Whatever the outcome, it is as it should be, God saves the weary and troubled - He shelters the poor and weak. All who call upon His name and put their trust in Him may seek a home in Him. He never turns down or forsakes a needy soul that seeks Him.

11 Sing praises to the Lord enthroned in Zion;
     proclaim among the nations what He has done.
12 For He who avenges blood remembers;
     He does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.

Sing out your praises to the Lord, for He deserves them. Tell all about the almighty God, so that they may also hear about Him and be saved. Not only does He save us, but He actually hears our calls for help! We, a small insignificant people, can call out to the creator of the universe and He will not ignore our cries of help.

13 O 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 the Daughter of 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 justice;
     the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.

Praise the Lord for every moment, for He has saved us from eternal death. He died to carry our sins from us, so that we may go to heaven and live forever with God. If that doesn't count as 'saving', then I do not know what does. As stated in the previous verses of Psalm 7, the people have dug their own traps. Don't try to blame others and call them out on their sin, for have you not sinned also? Our God is righteous and watches over us with justice in His eyes - no matter how hard you try to divert blame for your sins, He always knows what you have done.

17 The wicked return to the grave,
     all nations that forget God.
18 But the needy will not always be forgotten,
     nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

19 Arise, O Lord, let not man triumph;
     let the nations be judged in Your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, O Lord;
     let the nations know they are but men.

These four short verses are mainly just a reprise of the first 16. All who choose not to believe and follow God will eventually disappear from all memory, while those who love God and want His love and mercy will live forever with Him.
Just look around for a minute, and you will see thousands of God's creations - not one we could possibly match. Some try to stand up against God, but can anyone ever possibly do so?  For the Lord is Lord of all, while we are but human.

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