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1 (To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.) I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.

5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.

6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.

8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.

12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

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.

15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19 Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Commentary for Psalms 9

David praises God for protecting his people. (1-10) And for cause to praise him. (11-20)

1-10 If we would praise God acceptably, we must praise him in sincerity, with our whole heart. When we give thanks for some one particular mercy, we should remember former mercies. Our joy must not be in the gift, so much as in the Giver. The triumphs of the Redeemer ought to be the triumphs of the redeemed. The almighty power of God is that which the strongest and stoutest of his enemies are no way able to stand before. We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth, and that with him there is no unrighteousness. His people may, by faith, flee to him as their Refuge, and may depend on his power and promise for their safety, so that no real hurt shall be done to them. Those who know him to be a God of truth and faithfulness, will rejoice in his word of promise, and rest upon that. Those who know him to be an everlasting Father, will trust him with their souls as their main care, and trust in him at all times, even to the end; and by constant care seek to approve themselves to him in the whole course of their lives. Who is there that would not seek him, who never hath forsaken those that seek Him?

11-20 Those who believe that God is greatly to be praised, not only desire to praise him better themselves, but desire that others may join with them. There is a day coming, when it will appear that he has not forgotten the cry of the humble; neither the cry of their blood, or the cry of their prayers. We are never brought so low, so near to death, but God can raise us up. If he has saved us from spiritual and eternal death, we may thence hope, that in all our distresses he will be a very present help to us. The overruling providence of God frequently so orders it, that persecutors and oppressors are brought to ruin by the projects they formed to destroy the people of God. Drunkards kill themselves; prodigals beggar themselves; the contentious bring mischief upon themselves: thus men's sins may be read in their punishment, and it becomes plain to all, that the destruction of sinners is of themselves. All wickedness came originally with the wicked one from hell; and those who continue in sin, must go to that place of torment. The true state, both of nations and of individuals, may be correctly estimated by this one rule, whether in their doings they remember or forget God. David encourages the people of God to wait for his salvation, though it should be long deferred. God will make it appear that he never did forget them: it is not possible he should. Strange that man, dust in his and about him, should yet need some sharp affliction, some severe visitation from God, to bring him to the knowledge of himself, and make him feel who and what he is.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 9

  • Inspector, Effiong Esuhukonwi
    In that psalm 9 vs 17, said that , the wicked should turn. Into hell and all nation that forget God! The words of God is true, let us repent and turn for the Lord,for in him there's mercy.
  • Patty Tozi
    Seek God with all your heart- find the peace He wants you to have. Glory in His Presence as you go about your day.For you are one of His children that walks around sinful ways. He is our protector, our strength when we battle. Our Father-- our Light. His Love surrounds us daily in our walk of Life. Our teacher on seeing His creations on this earth. My Father l will see soon. GLORY TO GOD!!
  • Mary
    been saved since 1992 my life changed it has a lot to do with my mother and prayer it is a great testamony it is to much for now everybody loves to hear it what i will say god answers prayers i love the lord because he first loved me so happy he found me thank you jesus
  • Lilian
    The Lord also is my refuge and my refuge in times of trouble amen
  • James T Littleton III
    JESUS is the REFLECTION of life!
  • Lady A
    The word of GOD will stand forever and ever He will provide and protect his own.....

    Love💜💜💜💜
  • Nathan Allen
    Good morning and God bless too all how read this. Just a short description of my life I was raised in small town in Arkansas where everyone knew everyone and the there dogs name I was born in too the life of drugs and alcohol. I went down the same road for 19 years. When I was homeless for the second time I knew that I get clean and sober. Through God's grace and love I'm clean and have my own place with a job. I have too give God the Horner and glory for saving my life and be my refugee. God never give up on me. His love is real. So God bless and no matter what you're going through God is right there all you have too do is ask and he will provide amen in Jesus Christ name...
  • Brianna
    David was not immune to facing trials. Davids mentioned God's quality of Justice several times in this chapter. He did not rely on his position as the King of Judah to solve his problems. He trusted in Jehovah God's deep love of justice to correct the wrongs. David mentions that God i s a righteous judge who will not tolerate evil forever. So today, we too may experience troubles. God will help!!!
  • Vanessa
    Men are just men, just dust, nations will fall for removing the ways of God, but we as believers shall praise him with a true heart, and no harm can come to us for he protects us, from the wicked, politicians speak one way and then go to church , I don't think they get God at all, even the churches are being corrupted we live in dangerous times, Pray earnestly ,speak truth Praise God always
  • MARY WINTERS
    I REALLY LIKE PSALMS 9 IT IS SO AMAZING!


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According to Psalm 9, the Lord is a refuge for who?
  • Everyone
  • Nice people
  • The oppressed
  • Sinners