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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

  • Mild Bill
    "Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men." But men and not gods, as was put before them in the garden. What glorious things will appear and happen when God tears away the lying veil from the eyes of the world. Fear/reverence for the person of God, without end, hallelujah. There is no saving this planet earth, which God will build anew, fit for eternity.
  • Seyaneh
    Thank you Almighty God, for delivering me from attacks of the devil, and putting my enemies under my feet.
    Thank you for success in 2018, in Jesus name.
  • A disciple
    mild Bill; Why do you always look for something to strain out of its intended meaning, and attack me? Every time I try to be friendly, you can't answer peaceably; and whatever I write you wrench out another meaning!
  • Janet Abreu
    Jesus I pray this day that I hope in you. And that my faith will be stronger in you. Please be my forever refuge and guide to rest in you for help and safety this day and forever more. In the name of Jesus I pray amen.
  • A disciple
    Eldy; God sent His servants to speak and to write for the express purpose of all men everywhere hearing and believing in Jesus Christ, and repenting of sin. He who created man in His own image and likeness knows what He made us capable of knowing and understanding, and He is not unrighteous to tell us things we can't understand, much less leave it up to men to guess what they mean!
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 10:17 LORD THOU HAST HEARD THE DESIRE OF THE HUMBLE THOU WILT PREPARE THEIR HEART THOU WILT CAUSE THINE EAR TO HEAR --10:18-- TO JUDGE THE FATHERLESS AND THE OPPRESSED THAT THE MAN OF THE EARTH MAY NO MORE OPPRESS PSALM 103:6 THE LORD EXECUTETH RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUDGEMENT FOR ALL THAT ARE OPPRESSED PROVERBS 8:7 FOR MY MOUTH SHALL SPEAK TRUTH AND WICKEDNESS IS AN ABOMINATION TO MY LIPS --8:8--ALL THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH ARE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS THERE IS NOTHING FROWARD OR PERVERSE IN THEM ISAIAH 54:14 IN RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALT THOU BE ESTABLISHED THOU SHALT BE FAR FROM OPPRESSION FOR THOU SHALT NOT FEAR AND FROM TERROR FOR IT SHALL NOT COME NEAR THEE PSALM 119:172 MY TONGUE SHALL SPEAK OF THY WORD FOR ALL THY COMMANDMENTS ---ARE RIGHTEOUSNESS--- ROMANS 6:18 BEING THEN MADE FREE FROM SIN YOU BECAME THE SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS PSALM 119:138 THY TESTIMONIES THAT THOU HAST COMMANDED ARE RIGHTEOUS AND --- VERY FAITHFUL ---
  • Cephas
    I give thanks to The Christ child for loving me. I give thanks to You GOD for loving me. Thank You.
  • A disciple
    "The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." In Daniel 7:17 Wycliffe Bible is something for us to consider well for interpreting the vision and learning the words told us from the Lord. "These four great beasts be four realms, that shall rise of the earth. And he said, These four great beasts be four kingdoms, that shall rise upon the earth. " In the beginning, God spoke and the earth and all that was in it brought forth life after its kind. Thus it is of the world and the kingdoms of men that by the word of our God they are come into being "after their kind " and according to of what kind everything is, shall it be preserved or instead destroyed. We are of God, little children ALL thanks and praise forever to the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour! and as His children He will spare us if we serve Him with a pure heart in love, and with a good conscience toward God and men, and by faith without hypocrisy. By the sacrifice and offering of His only begotten Son Jesus the Anointed we have mercy and reconciliation, and complete deliverance from sin and death. He alone is worthy of all our love and perseverance through these fearful and dangerous times: and Jesus will be with us all the days, even to the end and will not fail to do ALL that He has said concerning us.

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