Psalm 9:1-20 ESV- To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.
1 I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
You are almighty. You are good. You are holy and just. You never change. What a comfort that is!
3 When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence.
4 For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
5 You have rebuked the nations;
you have made the wicked perish;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished. 7 But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, 8 and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.
9 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Because You are unchanging, God, I can trust what You say. You say You are a stronghold for the oppressed, and You are my strength when the pressure is great. You say You have not forsaken those who seek You, and You are here; You will never leave me.
11 Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion!Tell among the peoples his deeds! 12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13 Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death, 14 that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught. 16 The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
17 The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God. 18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
Lord, it is such a gift that You give! Because I know that You see my affliction and trouble, You know my every need — I can leave it all with You. I don’t have to “make sure you remember” because You will not forget me . ..I can praise You instead of fear men; I can rejoice in Your salvation instead of fearing the threat of death.
19 Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you! 20 Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah
Oh, Lord, I pray that everyone would see how great You are! Open their eyes to see the truth. Rip away their trust in their own accomplishments, in their own plans, and show them that You are their only salvation. Their end is destruction; You alone are peace.
Father, may we live life according to Your Word. You are God. You made us. We submit to You. We trust You.
This week, please pray for our brothers and sisters in the Central African Republic. Anti-Christian factions are using the nation’s civil war as opportunities to target churches and pastors for violence. 19 Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you! 20 Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah