Psalm 9: The Lord is there for those who seek Him

Thanks be to the Lord!
With all my heart, I will tell of his wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in the Lord.
I will sing praise to the Lord, O Most High!

My enemies stumble and perish before you.
Ruin is their friend!
For you have upheld my right and my cause.
You sit as the righteous judge.
You have rebuked the wicked.

The Lord rules the world in righteousness and rules with equity.
His reign is forever.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Sing praises of the Lord; proclaim what he has done.
He does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
Deliver me from those who seek my harm that I may declare your praises and rejoice in your salvation.

The wicked die in their own traps.
They fall into the pit they dug themselves.
Those who do not honor God will learn of his justice.
But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Come on, God! Judge those who persecute your name.
Strike them with terror, Lord.
Let them know they are mere mortals!!

Reflection

Every day, it seems, there is the temptation to up arms and deal with troubles in human terms. The temptation to think that I have “the answer” enters my mind too frequently. David’s reminder here is that God is always in control.

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

Psalm 9.10

He has not forgotten or forsaken those who trust him. God alone deserves praise and adoration for all the wonderful things he has done and will do for those who seek him.

he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

Psalm 9.12

But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Psalm 9.18

If God remembers the needy, it is no small thing for us to stand with those we get to serve.

God is in control. Always was. Always is. Let’s sing his praises with full confidence that his ways are far greater than anything we could imagine! Thank you LORD! I will sing your praises above all others!!

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