GOD IS JUST
Psalms 9 :1- 20 September 13 2009
In this psalm, David praises God for pleading his cause, and giving him victory over his enemies and the enemies of his country (Psalms 9:1-6), and calls upon others to join with him in his songs of praise (Psalms 9: 11, 12). II. He prays to God that he might have still further occasion to praise him, for his own deliverances and the confusion of his enemies (Psalms 9: 13, 14, 19, 20). III. He triumphs in the assurance he had of God’s judging the world (Psalms 9:7, 8), protecting his oppressed people (Psalms 9:9, 10, 18), and bringing his and their implacable enemies to ruin (Psalms (: 15-17). This is very applicable to the kingdom of the Messiah, the enemies of which have been in part destroyed already, and shall be yet more and more till they all be made his footstool, which we are to assure ourselves of, that God may have the glory and we may take the comfort.
To the chief musician upon Muth-labben. A psalm of David.
1. David praises God for protecting his people (Psalms 9:1-10)
Psalms 9:1 I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart , I’m writing the book on your wonders . 2. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing your song, High God. 3. The day my enemies turned tail and ran, they stumbled on you and fell on their faces. 4. You took over and set everything right; when I needed you, you were there, taking charge. 5.You blow the whistle on godless nations; you throw dirty players out of the game, wipe their names right off the roster. 5. Enemies disappear from the sidelines, their reputation trashed, their names erased from the halls of fame. 7. God holds the high center, he sees and sets the world’s mess right. 8. He decides what is right for us earthlings, gives people their just deserts. 9. God’s a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times. 10. The moment you arrive, you relax; you’re never sorry you knocked.
If we would praise God acceptably, we must praise him in sincerity, with our whole heart. When we give thanks for some one particular mercy, we should remember former mercies. Our joy must not be in the gift, so much as in the Giver. The triumphs of the Redeemer ought to be the triumphs of the redeemed. The almighty power of God is that which the strongest and stoutest of his enemies are no way able to stand before. We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth, and that with him there is no unrighteousness. His people may, by faith, flee to him as their Refuge, and may depend on his power and promise for their safety, so that no real hurt shall be done to them. Those who know him to be a God of truth and faithfulness, will rejoice in his word of promise, and rest upon that. Those who know him to be an everlasting Father, will trust him with their souls as their main care, and trust in him at all times, even to the end; and by constant care seek to approve themselves to him in the whole course of their lives. Who is there that would not seek him, who never hath forsaken those that seek Him?
2 . And for cause to praise him. (Psalms 9 :11-16)
11. Sing your songs to Zion-dwelling God, tell his stories to everyone you meet:12. How he tracks down killers yet keeps his eye on us, registers every whimper and moan.13. Be kind to me, God ; I’ve been kicked around long enough. Once you’ve pulled me back from the gates of death 14 . I’ll write the book on Hallelujahs; on the corner of Main and First I’ll hold a street meeting; I’ll be the song leader; we’ll fill the air with salvation songs. 15. They’re trapped, those godless countries, in the very snares they set, Their feet all tangled in the net they spread. 16. They have no excuse; the way God works is well-known. The cunning machinery made by the wicked has maimed their own hands.
Those who believe that God is greatly to be praised, not only desire to praise him better themselves, but desire that others may join with them. There is a day coming, when it will appear that he has not forgotten the cry of the humble; neither the cry of their blood, or the cry of their prayers. We are never brought so low, so near to death, but God can raise us up. If he has saved us from spiritual and eternal death, we may thence hope, that in all our distresses he will be a very present help to us. The overruling providence of God frequently so orders it, that persecutors and oppressors are brought to ruin by the projects they formed to destroy the people of God. Drunkards kill themselves; prodigals beggar themselves; the contentious bring mischief upon themselves: thus men’s sins may be read in their punishment, and it becomes plain to all, that the destruction of sinners is of themselves. All wickedness came originally with the wicked one from hell; and those who continue in sin, must go to that place of torment. The true state, both of nations and of individuals, may be correctly estimated by this one rule, whether in their doings they remember or forget God. David encourages the people of God to wait for his salvation, though it should be long deferred. God will make it appear that he never did forget them: it is not possible he should. Strange that man, dust in his and about him, should yet need some sharp affliction, some severe visitation from God, to bring him to the knowledge of himself, and make him feel who and what he is.
In singing this psalm we must give to God the glory of his justice in pleading his people’s cause against his and their enemies, and encourage ourselves to wait for the year of the redeemed and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion, even the final destruction of all anti-Christian powers and factions, to which many of the ancients apply this psalm.