When I asked one of our tour guides whether he felt safe in Israel or not, he said “it’s a daily struggle to simply exist.”. In fact, it’s viewed as already having happened in verse 5. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. He’s going to deliver David from his enemies. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence. His real hope was that the display of God’s judgment would teach the nations their proper place before God (to be but men). When there's so much in one chapter, I have to make do with trying to convey the overall sense. He’s said to have set up his throne for judgement. In this psalm, I. David praises God for pleading his cause, and giving him victory over his enemies and the enemies of his country ( v. 1-6 ), and calls upon others to join with him in his songs of praise ( v. 11, v. 12 ). Their ruins shall never be repaired. In this psalm, David celebrates the help and goodness of God with a big vision for the … And that’s just like what it’s going to be with the Lord when he judges the world. The same is true of Israel today. And not only that, but they’ll be turned into hell. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David, I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart, Christians, so called, when they meet, seldom speak about God! They didn’t choose to be born into that living hell. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. What happens when you gather wealth by labor according to Proverbs 13 11? Psalm 8 Commentary: Verse 9. Second Reading. And they’re said to cry to the Lord. But the ultimate defeat of it is yet to come. And that’s exactly what suffering does for us. With so much interest, we couldn’t ignore the topic of violence in the Bible any longer. I think that’s how David viewed things. 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. In Psalm 9, the lament appears in verses 15 through 18. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. KJV Psalm 9:19 Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. And it’s later revealed that he died from his mother intentionally overdosing him with salt. Literally, "As to the enemy finished are his ruins for ever. That caused a stir. In this psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man and his destiny reflect upon God. 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. 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. (1-10) And for cause to praise him. David pictures them as being done with the worst that they can do. 10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. So, that’s the message of Psalm 9 – God’s Judgment Brings Deliverance for the Righteous. You can check these in your browser security settings. They’re oppressed and miserable. Let’s get back to Psalm 9. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David. His name is JESUS. And that may indicate that David just won a battle against a particular group of these enemies. And when he does, the evil-doers will be destroyed, but YOU will be delivered. Psalms 9:17. Singing praise to God’s name. They’re needy and poor. It’s the conclusion to the matter. Thou [God] hast destroyed," etc. Verse 12 speaks again of these oppressed ones. 8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. 4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. 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. Now that we’ve recognized the lament of this psalm, let’s start from the beginning and find the other four ingredients of the structure. He may be liable to the death penalty perhaps. 4. Selah. Do not let man prevail; Verses 19-20 of the 9th Psalm Who’s the third? Verses 11 and 12 form the praise section of this psalm. But you probably know what it’s like to be physically secure at the moment, but also aware of external threats that could destroy you quickly if they got out of hand. And sometimes we learn something about who God is in this section. 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. Israel is now surrounded by Arab nations that are intent on its destruction. No evidence unseen. 15:3, 7; 27:8-9). Psalm 9 Commentary: Structure. "He is a refuge for the oppressed." God alone delivers from peril and death. Give all the land back to the Spanish and English and Native Americans. And how are these people – David’s group – spoken of? “Strange, that man, dust in his original, sinful by his fall, and continually reminded of both by every thing in him and about him, should yet stand in need of some sharp affliction, some severe visitation from God, to bring him the knowledge of himself, and make him feel who and what he is.” (Horne), iii. And he uses sufferings to perfect us as well. And yet, God will see to it that those devices they set for the destruction of others will ultimately destroy them. This is where God is called upon by the psalmist. You’ll notice things like this. David is praising God (verses 1-2) for His power over his enemies (verses 3-8) and continual presence with David during the battle (verses 9-12). We learn here that God is worthy of wholehearted praise. What approach to making money will increase it according to Proverbs 13 11? It seems rather scary, all this fire and brimstone. A mother writing a blog in which she details the struggle she’s having caring for her sickly child. They’re said to be humble. O enemy, destructions are finished forever! I remember being in a hotel room watching the news when President Obama came out with his idea that Israel needs to return to it’s pre-1967 borders. The enemies have done their best – they’ve destroyed cities even, but ultimately, that’s all they’re going to do. Psalms 10. 16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. This is the God to whom the psalmist is crying out – the mightiest, most marvelous, most joy-inspiring, and most praise-worthy being. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. Commentary for Psalms 9 . And they need to be humbled. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm. In verse 9, he recalls that God is a stronghold and then, in verse 10, that His name is trustworthy. Painfully, for him. So, that’s the invocation – verses 1 and 2. Psalm 9:1 In Hebrew texts 9:1-20 is numbered 9:2-21. Psalm 9:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 9:1, NIV: "For the director of music. But they trust in the Lord and seek him. And as we’ve already rehearsed, his judgement is going to be completely right. 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. OK, what else is revealed about these enemies of David? Basically, God will deliver the oppressed from their oppressors. But I have to think there’s really a pretty close parallel between what ancient Israel headed by David experienced and what modern-day Israel is experiencing. There is nothing that a wicked man does that is not against his own interest. Why is this? On the one hand — the poor, needy, oppressed believers in the Lord. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. On the other hand, those doing the oppressing. On the one hand, he’s viewed with fear as the executioner. And they’re dying of malnutrition. All to get attention to herself on her blog. The miserable who are made so by the wickedness surrounding him. And in the same exact trial, the sentiments from the plaintiff – those who are bringing the accusation of guilt against the defendant – and those associated with the plaintiff are much different. The little Scottish town of Lockerbie was instantly linked forever to this horrible act of international terrorism. Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 9 « Previous Chapter 8. They cry to God. And I think in this case that is mostly referring to his judging evil men. And he’s looking to that judge as one who has the power to take his life. by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Lord ’s Righteous Judgments. Namely – verse 12 – he takes vengeance on the wicked and at the same time he doesn’t forget the humble. 12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble. David remarks on the total victory possible through God's power; this imagines enemies staggering in their effort to escape (Psalm 9… Why? This was a prayer for God to reach the nations through the display of His judgment. OK, so here’s two groups in this psalm. You know, we might well be more sympathetic with those who were threatening David’s life if he himself were doing evil. Psalms of Ascents or Pilgrim Psalms (Chapters 120 – 134), were sung by pilgrims journeying up to Jerusalem for the three annual feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. 10. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Your email address will not be published. (1 Sam. In Psalm 9 we are reminded of the justice of God. When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble, consider my trouble from those who hate me, Gates of death…Your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion, The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made. Because of his doings. (11-20) 1-10 If we would praise God acceptably, we must praise him in sincerity, with our whole heart. “Prayers are the Church’s weapons…whereby she is terrible as an army with banners; she prays down her enemies.” (Trapp), ii. Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! I mean, after all, the man was a king! They seek him. Chapter 9. משׂגּב, a high, steep place, where one is removed from danger, is a figure familiar to David from the experiences of his time of persecution. 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. What if someone suggested that America return to it’s pre-1776 borders? I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. 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. To the Chief Musician. They’re proud. Selah. And lastly, the wicked non-Jewish men of the earth NEED to be humbled. Learn how your comment data is processed. And ultimately we know from further revelation that the end of these kinds of people – those who forget God – will be a literal burning lake of fire forever. 9. GOOD things. Surely, if anyone would have felt secure and safe it would have been him! Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Righteous Judgments - To the Chief Musician. External Opposition to God’s Work and the Response of God’s People in Nehemiah 2. To the Chief Musician. Psalm 9 opens with David's intention to praise the Lord joyfully for all His wonderful deeds. 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. When I went to Israel in 2011, I was just reflecting on the ever-present danger that this small nation faces. I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds." These people are going to find him to be a refuge – a place high off the ground – out of the way of approaching danger. A psalm of David. David and his oppressed group were surrounded by hostile Gentile nations. 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. To the tune of 'The Death of the Son.' Who’s oppressing them? The lament is where the psalmist exposes the enemies of God – who are also usually his enemies as well. They’ve experienced some recent temporal defeat – at least a portion of them have – maybe one or two of the nations. These aren’t actions worthy of having one’s life threatened. And yet… Why isn’t he stopping the evil? When we give thanks for some one particular mercy, we should remember former mercies. It seems to make out that God is very judgemental. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I … Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. Psalm 9:6 "O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them." Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Psalm 9 – God Remembers, Man Forgets. On the other, he’s viewed as the deliverer – as one who will ensure that justice is served. KJV Psalm 9:13 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: 14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation. He is truly a gracious God, full of loving-kindness and goodness. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. The stories of Psalms 9 and 10. Slowly. And now the jihadists have entered the camp. And so, it’s really for their sake that God will judge those who oppress them – according to this verse. They’re oppressing this group and thereby making their existence miserable. Obviously, God judges wickedness simply to vindicate his own holiness. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. They’re non-Jews. 2 I will be glad and # Ps. Psalm 9:1, ESV: "To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. Instead, he boldly prayed, “Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail.”, i. Telling of God’s marvelous works. Pay attention to what’s happening around you. Our joy must not be in the gift, so much as in the Giver. Even though the psalmist is confident in God’s judging the wicked, he still waists no opportunity to ask the Lord for deliverance from these people and even the hastening of their ultimate judgement. 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. Verses 15 through 18 reveal more about these enemies. In addition to what’s happening now in and around Israel, they have centuries of being oppressed and murdered simply for being who they are. When God judges, these people will be lifted out of the situation up to a position of safety and protection. 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. O enemy, destructions are finished forever, He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness, He shall judge the world in righteousness. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. I think sometimes we can be discouraged that this is the case. Psalm 9:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. They WILL BE – and from the viewpoint of this psalm – they already HAVE BEEN – the object of God’s taking revenge on evil-doers. “All the wealth of Croesus, the wisdom of Solon, the power of Alexander, the eloquence of Demosthenes, if added together, would leave the possessor but a man. You don’t need to be someone great to approach the Lord. As you recall, a lament psalm has five ingredients to its structure, the most prominent of which is the lament itself. 11. They’re expecting him to make things right. Next, the psalmist expresses confidence in this Most High God, the Lord – in verses 3 through 10. “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, A mother writing a blog in which she details the struggle she ’ going! 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