276 – Psalm 9 – Some Observations
As I read through Psalm nine I began to notice several characters mentioned or referred to by their pronouns. I noticed they did various things and various things were done to them. The first character mentioned is the author himself.
Psalm 9:1-4 (NKJV)
1 I will praise You, O [Yahweh], with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
3 When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
4 For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
In prayer, David declares to Yahweh that he will praise Him, he will declare Yahweh’s works, and he will be glad and rejoice in Yahweh. David proclaims he will sing praise to the name of Yahweh (vs 1-2).
It seems David has walked with Yahweh long enough to know that his enemies will “fall and perish” when Yahweh shows up on the scene.
Look at the next two verses.
Psalm 9:5-6 (NKJV)
5 You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has perished.
David speaks about what Yahweh has already done, He as rebuked the nations, destroyed the wicked, blotted out their name forever, destroyed cities, and removed them from memory. Here’s something to think about. If God is immutable (doesn’t change), and He is, what makes modern man think He will ignore the wickedness that runs rampant through our land?
James 1:17 (NKJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Malachi 3:6 (NKJV)
6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
I hope you will read Psalm 9 all the way through. If you do you may notice when I quoted verses five and six together, leaving out verse seven, I ran over the contrast between the wicked and Yahweh.
Psalm 9:7-8 (NKJV)
7 But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment.
8 He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.
Yahweh, “has prepared His throne for judgment”. Today’s wicked men and women will not escape Yahweh’s judgment. People assume that because God seems silent it means He is absent. Yahweh God certainly is not absent, nor is He complacent.
Psalm 46:1 (NKJV)
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
In our short time together we’ve noticed God has done praiseworthy marvelous works, prepared judgment for the wicked, never changes, and is strong, protective, and very present.
Given a choice (and we all have been), why would one choose to be on the wrong side of Yahweh’s judgment?
Yahweh truly is worthy of all praise, worship, and adoration. If you don’t know Him you will be judged for your wickedness. You can, “get on the right side of God”, as it were, by simply placing your faith in Jesus the anointed one for salvation.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.