But I said there are 3 entities in this psalm. And when he does this, the absolutely correct verdict will be rendered. "Arise, O … 10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. The title of this psalm reads, To the Chief Musician. He is the Most High – there’s none higher – none more mighty. Let’s read it. And what if it was the most powerful nation on earth stating that this should happen? Psalms 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. Psalm 9:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 9:1, NIV: "For the director of music. On the instrument of Gath. On the other hand, those doing the oppressing. But there’s a real sense also in which God is moved to punish evil-doers because he can’t stand anymore to see the suffering of those who trust him and are utterly helpless. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. And so, it’s really for their sake that God will judge those who oppress them – according to this verse. I remember hearing about Palestinians who were rushing the borders of Israel, trying to get in. 8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. They’re said to be humble. And here’s the worst part. And the fact that they need to be reminded of this tells us that these men have a self-perception that is way out of line with reality. 9. Yet this did not lead David to a hatred of mankind or unhealthy joy in judgment. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Why would they be miserable? Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I … It’s a place to which Palestinians fled after the Arab Israeli war in 1948 I believe. That verse reads, “Happy is the one who seizes your infants / and dashes them against the rocks.” The little Scottish town of Lockerbie was instantly linked forever to this horrible act of international terrorism. He knows and sees everything. This is lesson 9 of 33 in a series of lessons called “ Praise God Through the Psalms.” Lesson focus: Through the book of Psalms and the worship of the people of Israel, we get a glimpse into the character of God and how we should rightly respond to Him in worship. 9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. The psalmist is confident that God will judge the world – the world that is so opposed to him. And this is going to happen – according to verse 17 – to all nations that forget God. Because they have nothing to say.” (Clarke), I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High, When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence, For You have maintained my right and my cause, You sat on the throne…You have rebuked the nations…You have blotted out their name forever and ever. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. They didn’t choose to be there. The Religion team sees Psalm 137: 7-9 appear in virtually any conversation on an article that mentions the Bible or one of our many pieces of scriptural commentary. 4. Moreover, that number rises to as much as 90% when you put theory to practice. Why is this? Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Where’s God? You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. In fact, he really is viewed in Psalm 9 as preferring the humble and poor and needy and oppressed. Verse 20 has David asking the Lord to strike fear into the hearts of these evil-doers. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. Verse 12 implies that they’ll be the recipients of God’s “making inquisition for blood”. Verse 9. The first part says that God beat the foreign enemy (Psalm 9). And they need to be humbled. Because of his doings. Psalm 9 On December 21, 1988 Pan Am flight 103 was bombed out of the air, killing all 259 people on board and 11 more on the ground. : 9:10-11) Thus judging the nations Jahve shows Himself to be, as a second ו-strophe says, the refuge and help of His own. What happens when you gather wealth by labor according to Proverbs 13 11? And I think in this case that is mostly referring to his judging evil men. They set the trap for someone else – someone who isn’t worthy of being snared. It’s the Lord. Or you have this blood-thirsty Islamic State group invading this refugee camp in Syria – Yarmouk. b. So, that’s interesting – God has apparently already judged some of these enemies with destruction and yet many of them still remain to trouble David. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. The wicked – those who have forgotten God – will view him with terror. Perhaps David wrote this Psalm remembering the victory over Goliath from the advantage of many years since that triumph. And Jehovah will be a refuge for the poor. 9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. This camp has been fighting the Syrian president Bashar al-Asaad for years now. The voluntative with Waw of sequence expresses that which the poet desires for his own sake and for the sake of the result mentioned in Psalm 9:11. KJV Psalm 9:1 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. The same is true of Israel today. What a contrast to this other group who in the last verse of this psalm needs to be reminded that they’re just men! Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. He is truly a gracious God, full of loving-kindness and goodness. May we ever remember this, lest like those in the text, we should be put in fear.” (Spurgeon). And that may indicate that David just won a battle against a particular group of these enemies. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. 10. He is continually doing himself harm, and takes more pains to destroy his soul than the righteous man does to get his saved unto eternal life. No evidence unseen. Such knowledge must drive them to dependence upon God, and such dependence is the secret of national strength, and of national prosperity and permanence.” (Morgan), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. God will judge the world in righteousness. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. This is where God is called upon by the psalmist. The psalmist calls on his audience to praise the Lord. And that’s exactly what suffering does for us. 5:11; 104:34 rejoice in You; Verses 15 through 18 reveal more about these enemies. What if someone suggested that America return to it’s pre-1776 borders? And verse 10 – people who know God’s name – who know his true character – though the whole world will be judged righteously and be turned into hell, these guys will experience a much different side of the judge. And how are these people – David’s group – spoken of? They’re powerful – to the point of being able to threaten David’s very existence. The Lord is one who can be approached by the humble. No lies believed. They WILL BE – and from the viewpoint of this psalm – they already HAVE BEEN – the object of God’s taking revenge on evil-doers. The lament is where the psalmist exposes the enemies of God – who are also usually his enemies as well. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Let the nations be judged in Your sight…that the nations may know themselves to be but men: David again expressed his confidence in God’s judgment of the wicked. And yet these are the very acts that this group is engaged in. “Prayers are the Church’s weapons…whereby she is terrible as an army with banners; she prays down her enemies.” (Trapp), ii. He’s not viewing himself as sufficiently powerful to handle these enemies all alone. Now, let’s look at the second entity in this psalm – the ones whom these men are threatening. They’re looking to him for justice. I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds." And this is where our perception of the Lord and who he is and what he should be expected to do – this where this needs to change. This was a prayer for God to reach the nations through the display of His judgment. But what do we see him engaged in? In the midst of David’s praise he is either reminded of old battle injuries or experiences a set back in battle (verses 13-14). I think that’s how David viewed things. The title indicates for us that David wrote this psalm to God Himself (generally regarded as the “Chief Musician”) to a popularly known tune in his day (in Hebrew, Muth Labben). 10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. But these oppressed men who seek the Lord – they’re humble. 18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. What is the alternative to “wealth gotten by vanity” in Proverbs 13 11? Let’s talk about the message of Psalm 9. Higgaion. Psalm 8 enables us to experience the glory of God and examine the Self-esteem movement. But he does. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. 4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. Listen, and I don’t want to get needlessly political here and comment on things too great for me and things I don’t understand. The Middle East is a mess and is sliding into mass lawlessness with the consequences of the Arab Spring and now with the radical Islamic groups that have moved to fill the power vacuum left by that movement. I mean, that’s the sense you get from verse 5 – “thou hast destroyed the wicked” – as if it’s already happened in some way. I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. 11 Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Thou [God] hast destroyed," etc. When there's so much in one chapter, I have to make do with trying to convey the overall sense. Selah, a. Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail: Previously in this psalm, David expressed a firm confidence in God’s judgment of the wicked and His vindication of the righteous. Where was God? And lastly, the wicked non-Jewish men of the earth NEED to be humbled. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Whoever dwells in the shelter of protection can find rest and comfort. Let’s get back to Psalm 9. Psalms 9:17. Literally, "As to the enemy finished are his ruins for ever. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. That the nations may know themselves to be but men. (1-10) And for cause to praise him. 7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. Brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials – how? Next, the psalmist expresses confidence in this Most High God, the Lord – in verses 3 through 10. So, there’s some temporal defeat that they’ve sustained. His name or character is worthy of our songs. When I went to Israel in 2011, I was just reflecting on the ever-present danger that this small nation faces. All things work together for good to those who love God. Psalm 8 – The Glory of God in Creation. Verse 12 speaks again of these oppressed ones. Your email address will not be published. One tour guide told us when we were in a particular area of Israel that if you hear air raid sirens, that’s a GOOD thing because that means the missile is traveling PAST you and is going to hit somewhere else. “What prayer, then, can we pray which is of more vital importance than that the nations may know themselves to be but men? And he will render a just verdict. Psalm 8 Commentary: Verse 9. YAHWEH, our Master, what a reputation of strength, power, and might you have – and with good reason! So, let’s read that. And when this judgment does come, look who’s going to be rescued – verse 9 – God will be a refuge to whom? A Bible Devotion from Psalm 9 Arise O Lord, Do Not Let Man Prevail Arise, O Lord, do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your sight. You don’t need to be someone great to approach the Lord. (11-20) 1-10 If we would praise God acceptably, we must praise him in sincerity, with our whole heart. Next » Chapter 10. In fact, this misery is so severe that it brings him near to the gates of death. These short commentaries are based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary) by Gordon Churchyard. Here, we’re told that the enemies made a pit and prepared a net to capture the righteous. She’s viewed as a hero, enduring great suffering faithfully. They seek him. 16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Commentary for Psalms 9 . You can check these in your browser security settings. Even if they are not outwardly as wicked as other men are, yet their forgetfulness of God is the highest form of injustice to him; it is treason against the majesty of heaven; it is robbing God of what is his right; it is a combination of everything that is evil. But they’re not done yet – and we’ll see that in the rest of the psalm. Psalm 9:1 In Hebrew texts 9:1-20 is numbered 9:2-21. What’s the label given to them in verse 9? Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. “The needy, and the poor, whose expectation is from the Lord, are never forgotten, though sometimes their deliverance is delayed for the greater confusion of their enemies, the greater manifestation of God’s mercy, and the greater benefit to themselves.” (Clarke), Arise, O LORD, But in fact, they’re the ones who will be trapped by these tactics. The wicked are utterly undone. Being glad and rejoicing in the Lord. So, that’s the lament of Psalm 9 – verses 15 through 18. The psalmist kind of zooms in on these folks and paints a pretty vivid picture for us of exactly how evil they are and how deserving of God’s punishment they are. And it’s obvious, but I’ll state it anyway – David would consider himself in this group of individuals on the receiving end of the enemies’ threats. That caused a stir. Psalms 9:3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. On the one hand, he’s viewed with fear as the executioner. And the purpose of that is to bring this reality home to them – they’re simply men. 11. And in addition, the heightened picture that we get of these enemies also acts as justification for the psalmist asking God for deliverance from them. In contrast, now the Lord in verse 7 is the one who lives forever – as opposed to the enemy who’s pictured as sustaining a temporal defeat in this world. And when he does, the evil-doers will be destroyed, but YOU will be delivered. When God judges, these people will be lifted out of the situation up to a position of safety and protection. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. The righteous, the humble, the needy, the oppressed, will view him as the savior who will right all wrongs and we’ll be greatly comforted and encouraged by his protection and condemnation of the group that’s wronging us. In order to appreciate and live for God's glory, we must make room by eliminating the wrong notions associated with the self-esteem movement. Israel is really in a bad neighborhood. Psalm 9 is a classic example of a lament psalm. 9. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. And they’re dying of malnutrition. I feel like with lament psalms in particular I spend a lot of the message just circling over again and again the psalm. The enemies have done their best – they’ve destroyed cities even, but ultimately, that’s all they’re going to do. Acrostic Psalms are those in which each verse begins with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet (Chapters 9, 10, 25, 34, 37, 111, 112, 119, 145). And yet – in the end – these enemies will be the ones to be trapped. 20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Righteous Judgments - To the Chief Musician. I mean, after all, the man was a king! Instead, he boldly prayed, “Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail.”, i. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. So, that’s the psalmist’s statement of confidence in the Lord – verses 3 through 10. It seems rather scary, all this fire and brimstone. God alone delivers from peril and death. They’re oppressing this group and thereby making their existence miserable. Who’s oppressing them? There are many forms of oppression; both from man and from Satan oppression comes to us; and for all its forms, a refuge is provided in the Lord Jehovah. And not only that, but they’ll be turned into hell. The lament is where the psalmist exposes the enemies of God – who are also usually his enemies as well. Your email address will not be published. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. And the jihadists are against Asaad but they’re also not too friendly with the Palestinians. And he uses sufferings to perfect us as well. And as we’ve already rehearsed, his judgement is going to be completely right. And now the jihadists have entered the camp. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. I was recently away from my family for over a week, and the family photo that is on my computer desktop was a constant companion. ii. To the Chief Musician. 6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them. They’re opposed to the psalmist. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. David praises God for protecting his people. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. 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