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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 9: A Cry for God to further deal with enemies


For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.


[Preliminary Comments: Again a song, this time set to an unknown piece of music by David. He comes with a mixture of relief that God has dealt with his enemies [v.3,6] yet still with a plea in the awareness that some of them still threaten his life [v.13]. It would appear that such ‘enemies' are other nations [v.5,6,8,11,15,17,19,20] and he calls on the Lord to deal with them, having seen how He has already dealt with some [v.3-6]. It is the cry of a king with responsibility for his nation, the people of God.]



v.1,2 Something has stirred David's heart to thank, praise and worship God


v.1  I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
v.2  I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.


v.3-6 His enemies who threatened him have been brought down by God


v.3  My enemies turn back;
    they stumble and perish before you.
v.4  For you have upheld my right and my cause,
    sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
v.5  You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
    you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
v.6  Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
    you have uprooted their cities;
    even the memory of them has perished.


v.7-9 The Lord who is sovereign ruler & judge is thus a refuge for the oppressed


v.7  The Lord reigns forever;
    he has established his throne for judgment.
v.8  He rules the world in righteousness
    and judges the peoples with equity.
v.9  The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.

v.10 Thus He is trusted by all who know Him


v.10  Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.


v.11,12 His fame & wonder should be known by all, the One there for the afflicted


v.11  Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
    proclaim among the nations what he has done.
v.12  For he who avenges blood remembers;
    he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.


v.13,14 On the basis of this, the persecuted David calls on the Lord for help


v.13  Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
    Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
v.14  that I may declare your praises
    in the gates of Daughter Zion,
    and there rejoice in your salvation.


v.15-18 The Lord deals with the wicked so the righteous can be secure


v.15  The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
    their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
v.16  The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
    the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
v.17  The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
    all the nations that forget God.
v.18  But God will never forget the needy;
    the hope of the afflicted will never perish.


v.19,20 A final cry to the Lord to judge the unrighteous


v.19  Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
    let the nations be judged in your presence.
v.20  Strike them with terror, Lord;
    let the nations know they are only mortal.



[Additional Comments: David starts with praise and thanks to the Lord [v.1 & 2] for what the Lord has done so far [v.3-6]. This reveals the nature of the Lord who is there for the oppressed [v.7-9] and for those who seek Him [v.10], and who is, therefore, worthy of their praise [v.11,12]. Having established this body of truth, he then brings his petition for there are still those who are a potential threat to him [v.13,14]. He knows the Lord deals with injustice, bringing down the wicked but lifting up the needy [v.15-18] and it is this that enables him to cry out for the Lord to come and still deal with unrighteous, proud and arrogant nations.]



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