In verse 3, these folks are said to be “enemies”. Second Reading. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. In fact, he really is viewed in Psalm 9 as preferring the humble and poor and needy and oppressed. They seek him. And here’s the worst part. 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). There are children in that camp. (Psalm 10) To the Chief Musician. He had soldiers and guards. When God judges, these people will be lifted out of the situation up to a position of safety and protection. O enemy, destructions are finished forever! KJV Psalm 9:3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. But they trust in the Lord and seek him. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. 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. And the last verse – Psalm 8:9 – is simply the second half of an envelope that encompasses all of Psalm 8:1-9. Psalms 9:3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. Psalm 9:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 9:1, NIV: "For the director of music. The wicked – those who have forgotten God – will view him with terror. Because of his “marvelous works”. 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. Now, you and I can be assured that the judge of the whole earth will do right. But they’re going to be destroyed by God. 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. ii. When we give thanks for some one particular mercy, we should remember former mercies. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. 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). And we’ve already gone through the lament of the psalm in verses 15 through 18, so we’ll skip to the last two verses of Psalm 9. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David. And the purpose of that is to bring this reality home to them – they’re simply men. And how are these people – David’s group – spoken of? You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. It seems to make out that God is very judgemental. Psalms 9:4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. There is nothing that a wicked man does that is not against his own interest. Free Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms in Easy English - written by Gordon Churchyard for MissionAssist. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. “So the two parts of the psalm end with the thought that the ‘nations’ may yet come to know the name of God, the one calling upon those who have experienced His deliverance to ‘declare among the peoples His doings,’ the other praying God to teach by chastisement what nations who forget Him have failed to learn from mercies.” (Maclaren), iv. And he uses sufferings to perfect us as well. Let the nations be judged in Your sight. And that’s the case in verse 6 as well. 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. Perhaps David wrote this Psalm remembering the victory over Goliath from the advantage of many years since that triumph. (1 Sam. These oppressed ones – though they’re miserable – yet, they’re still going to put their trust in God because the Lord has never forsaken them – these people who seek the Lord. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. Psalm 9 is a classic example of a lament psalm. Now, let’s look at the second entity in this psalm – the ones whom these men are threatening. Next » Chapter 10. What’s the label given to them in verse 9? Yet David did not allow this expectation to make him passive or fatalistic in regard to the outworking of God’s plan. Psalms 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. This was a prayer for God to reach the nations through the display of His judgment. In this psalm, David celebrates the help and goodness of God with a big vision for the … 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. His real hope was that the display of God’s judgment would teach the nations their proper place before God (to be but men). But they’re still a dangerous force that God will need to put a stop to ultimately in the future. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. Psalm 9 – God Remembers, Man Forgets. 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. And yet these are the very acts that this group is engaged in. Surely, if anyone would have felt secure and safe it would have been him! The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, Those who know Your name will put their trust in You. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. OK, what else is revealed about these enemies of David? What is the alternative to “wealth gotten by vanity” in Proverbs 13 11? They trust in him. He’s not viewing himself as sufficiently powerful to handle these enemies all alone. (11-20) 1-10 If we would praise God acceptably, we must praise him in sincerity, with our whole heart. 9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. David and his oppressed group were surrounded by hostile Gentile nations. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David. A psalm of David. So, that’s the psalmist’s statement of confidence in the Lord – verses 3 through 10. 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). The first two verses serve as the invocation. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. This is a place of humility, and as David has already noted in this psalm, the humble are remembered before God (Psalm 9:12). What a contrast to this other group who in the last verse of this psalm needs to be reminded that they’re just men! Psalm 8 Commentary: Verse 9. “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. To the Chief Musician. David probably wrote Psalms 9 and 10 as one psalm. Because of his doings. Because you know that the testing of your faith produces good things. They’re dying from bullets and bombs. Do not let man prevail; Selah. 16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Verses 19-20 of the 9th Psalm Next, the psalmist expresses confidence in this Most High God, the Lord – in verses 3 through 10. But I said there are 3 entities in this psalm. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. On the one hand — the poor, needy, oppressed believers in the Lord. And what we’ll be looking for in particular is three entities – 3 groups of people or individual persons. In Psalm 9 we are reminded of the justice of God. Prior in Psalm 9, we find David praising God for who He is and remembering His wonderful deeds, particularly as the Most High King. So, that’s the lament of Psalm 9 – verses 15 through 18. She’s viewed as a hero, enduring great suffering faithfully. Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Chapter 9. And when he does, the evil-doers will be destroyed, but YOU will be delivered. Let’s consider them for a moment. II. “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, The psalmist is confident that God will judge the world – the world that is so opposed to him. 5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. First of all, there’s the people who are making the psalmist lament. Yet this did not lead David to a hatred of mankind or unhealthy joy in judgment. And we’re going to find it by skimming through the Psalm looking for what this psalm is really about. 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. The little Scottish town of Lockerbie was instantly linked forever to this horrible act of international terrorism. These people are going to find him to be a refuge – a place high off the ground – out of the way of approaching danger. Psalm 9:9 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament (Heb. He had an army – but he knew the truth that princes aren’t ultimately delivered by their horses and weapons. Israel is now surrounded by Arab nations that are intent on its destruction. He may be liable to the death penalty perhaps. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm. He perceives that he will die if God doesn’t deliver him. You know, we might well be more sympathetic with those who were threatening David’s life if he himself were doing evil. They’re the oppressed. The first part says that God beat the foreign enemy (Psalm 9). Now, verse 9 – when God will in the future judge the world with the totally correct verdicts that only he can render – these people of which David is a part will find God to be a refuge. In fact, this misery is so severe that it brings him near to the gates of death. 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. Slowly. A Psalm of David. Why would they be miserable? GOOD things. So, we have the first of three entities in this psalm. The stories of Psalms 9 and 10. You can check these in your browser security settings. iii. 18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. It’s the conclusion to the matter. Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Righteous Judgments - To the Chief Musician. Verse 9. He’s putting himself in his mind’s eye into a courtroom setting where he’s waiting for God’s justice and God’s deliverance against these enemies. Put them in fear, O LORD, They’re dying of starvation. I mean, after all, the man was a king! Destructions HAVE come to an end. Psalms 9:1 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. He’s a God in whom its completely appropriate to be glad and rejoice. 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. When there's so much in one chapter, I have to make do with trying to convey the overall sense. Our joy must not be in the gift, so much as in the Giver. How precious that we can say, "I know the 'unknowable' name of YHWH." 1 To the … Praising the Lord. 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 yet, currently in this psalm, these men are still causing trouble. Psalm 9 Commentary: Structure. The wicked are utterly undone. They’re proud. 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. OK, so here’s two groups in this psalm. 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. So, consider those really interesting dynamics – that the same man basically is viewed as almost two different people. They’re said to be humble. And that’s exactly what suffering does for us. These aren’t actions worthy of having one’s life threatened. How many proverbs did Solomon write? In this psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man and his destiny reflect upon God. Psalm 9 is a classic example of a lament psalm. Why? I’m sure you have an assortment of things in your life that make you repeat that question – “where’s God?” He’s all powerful. That would cause some stir in our midst I believe. On the one hand, he’s viewed with fear as the executioner. And lastly, the wicked non-Jewish men of the earth NEED to be humbled. On the instrument of Gath. Obviously, God judges wickedness simply to vindicate his own holiness. This is where God is called upon by the psalmist. And this is going to happen – according to verse 17 – to all nations that forget God. In verse 9, he recalls that God is a stronghold and then, in verse 10, that His name is trustworthy. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. KJV Psalm 9:1 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. And not only that, but they’ll be turned into hell. They didn’t choose to be there. Let’s read it. YAHWEH, our Master, what a reputation of strength, power, and might you have – and with good reason! And a psalm like Psalm 9 reminds us that sometimes God will give temporal deliverance from evil. Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 9 « Previous Chapter 8. Psalm 9 opens with David's intention to praise the Lord joyfully for all His wonderful deeds. The lament is where the psalmist exposes the enemies of God – who are also usually his enemies as well. They’re expecting him to make things right. 11 Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. David here furnishes a remedy for the temptation which greatly afflicts the weak, when they see themselves, and those who are like them, abandoned to the will of the ungodly, while God keeps silence. 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. Here, we’re told that the enemies made a pit and prepared a net to capture the righteous. Psalm 9:1, ESV: "To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Lord ’s Righteous Judgments. 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. In fact, it’s viewed as already having happened in verse 5. And they find him to be a refuge to which they can flee for help. What happens when you gather wealth by labor according to Proverbs 13 11? “The word for man, in both verses, is one which tends to emphasize his frailty.” (Kidner), iii. Let’s get back to Psalm 9. Somehow these men have been destroyed and judged by God already. It’s a place to which Palestinians fled after the Arab Israeli war in 1948 I believe. "Arise, O … These wicked Gentiles – furthermore – will be turned back into hell – these men who have forgotten God. 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. That the nations may know themselves to be but men. i. I feel like with lament psalms in particular I spend a lot of the message just circling over again and again the psalm. In verse 13, David indicates that he needs deliverance from the trouble or “misery” that these people are causing him. When I went to Israel in 2011, I was just reflecting on the ever-present danger that this small nation faces. 10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. 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. 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 verse reads, “Happy is the one who seizes your infants / and dashes them against the rocks.” No lies believed. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Psalms 10. I mean, read the news. What approach to making money will increase it according to Proverbs 13 11? These short commentaries are based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary) by Gordon Churchyard. 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. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? And what if it was the most powerful nation on earth stating that this should happen? Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. 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. Where was God? May we ever remember this, lest like those in the text, we should be put in fear.” (Spurgeon). Their ruins shall never be repaired. All things work together for good to those who love God. So, let’s read that. On the other hand, those doing the oppressing. The miserable who are made so by the wickedness surrounding him. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 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. “Prayers are the Church’s weapons…whereby she is terrible as an army with banners; she prays down her enemies.” (Trapp), ii. What if someone suggested that America return to it’s pre-1776 borders? Psalm 9:1 In Hebrew texts 9:1-20 is numbered 9:2-21. They’re opposed to the psalmist. KJV Psalm 9:15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The oppressed. Literally, "As to the enemy finished are his ruins for ever. They WILL BE – and from the viewpoint of this psalm – they already HAVE BEEN – the object of God’s taking revenge on evil-doers. Why is this? So, in some ways, things really haven’t changed all that much in Israel from the time that David is writing Psalm 9 here to our modern time. 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. The triumphs of the Redeemer ought to be the triumphs of the redeemed. I think sometimes we can be discouraged that this is the case. 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! In verse 18 this group is also described as “needy” and “poor”. Let’s remind ourselves of what God has revealed about himself in this psalm. And isn’t that the nature of even earthly judges? And Jehovah will be a refuge for the poor. They’re the miserable. God will judge the world in righteousness. David remarks on the total victory possible through God's power; this imagines enemies staggering in their effort to escape (Psalm 9… And they’re dying of malnutrition. And when this judgment does come, look who’s going to be rescued – verse 9 – God will be a refuge to whom? 4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. 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. Required fields are marked *. 7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. 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 ). 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. The title of this psalm reads To the Chief Musician. Commentary on Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16. This camp has been fighting the Syrian president Bashar al-Asaad for years now. They’ve experienced some recent temporal defeat – at least a portion of them have – maybe one or two of the nations. Or you have this blood-thirsty Islamic State group invading this refugee camp in Syria – Yarmouk. 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. 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. The acts David has in mind were probably military victories, by Israel, against her attackers. 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