Psalm 9 is one of praise, both personally for David (vv. 1-8) and corporately for God’s people (vv. 9-20). David’s praise of the Lord consisted of giving thanks from his heart (v. 1a), telling others about the Lord (v. 1b), rejoicing in gladness (v. 2a), and singing to the Lord. These are four characteristics that show without a shadow of a doubt the sincerity of worship of everyone who loves the Lord. Our praise should always be comprised of giving thanks, testimony, joy, and singing for all God has done in our lives. If we aren’t displaying at least one of these, are we really worshipping? Worship should be vocal, visual, private and public. If we are really thankful, we’ll tell someone. When we tell someone of something God has done for us, there should be genuine joy and gladness. This type of joy and gladness from the thankfulness in our hearts will cause us to sing! David uses a great name, “The Most High God” or El Elyon, to show his joy, praise, and thankfulness not just because he was safe, but because God was the greatest of all! Praise isn’t just thanking God for what He did but for Who He is. Praise is rooted in God’s character because He never changes (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17). We may not always receive the answer we want from God. If our praise is conditional upon what God does, it may waiver. But if it is based on Who He is, it will be a consistent demonstration of faith and trust.
As David describes what God has done for Him in verses 3-8, he distinguishes between the eternal nature of God and the temporary nature of his enemies. Verse 7 says God “reigns forever” and verse 8 says He “rules the world”. David’s enemies have been defeated (v. 3) and they are described as those who have stumbled, perished, been rebuked, destroyed, blotted out, uprooted, and overtaken. It is safe to say David’s opposition has been dealt with thoroughly. How many times have we prayed God would help us only to turn around and worry if He had or would be meticulous enough? Would these issues be more than God could handle? Can we truly give Him everything? David reminds us God is the One on the throne (v. 7) and He is the Righteous Judge (vv. 4, 8). He is a refuge for the oppressed (v. 9), does not ignore the afflicted (v. 12), and does not forget the needy (v. 18). God has never forsaken those who seek Him (v. 10). God not only delivered David, but even the memory of them had perished (v. 6). God is powerful enough to not only to handle what oppresses us but he can remove the memory of them! That’s the God of protection, provision, and peace! No wonder David was rejoicing as he testified and sang to the Most High God!
1. God is powerful enough to handle your biggest problem. He is also wise enough to make the right decision for you. Do you trust Him fully?
2. God is eternal, problems are temporary. Have you ever felt like your problem was more eternal than God?
3. How is your rejoicing, praising, singing, testifying, and thanksgiving?
Lord, help me to be a worshipper of You, the Most High God. Let my praise always consist of thanksgiving, rejoicing, testifying, and singing. You are all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, and I trust You completely. Thank you for being a refuge and stronghold for me. Amen.
Stephen and his wife Haley have called Arkansas home all of their lives. Stephen has served in several ministry roles over the last 25 years and as a lead pastor for the last 8 years. Stephen attended Williams Baptist College and earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University, an MA, MDiv, and DMin in Christian Leadership and Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University. When not pastoring, Stephen enjoys running, cycling, reading, writing, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.