Psalm 9: 11-20….A burst of emotion!

Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his deeds!
For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
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,
that I may recount all your praises,
that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may rejoice in your salvation.
The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
The wicked shall return to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail;
let the nations be judged before you!
Put them in fear, O LORD!
Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

Comment: As a surgeon I guess that in many ways I was just a trained technician. Nevertheless I’m more scientific than arty! So as I read; this David the author doesn’t follow the logical set-out that I would tend to use. But as I sit back and read this I can appreciate the great satisfaction that David feels for the way that God has dealt with him and their nation. His satisfaction deepens to great thankfulness. He certainly is harsh on the wicked but the final phrase to me is very significant. We all need to recognize that we are but human. There is responsibility in being human and it is something which, if we realize it, should cause us to fear the Lord. Not a quacking fear of shaking knees but a wholesome, humble, reverential fear!

Prayer: May I learn to see You as the True Reality, Oh God, and life here but a passing shadow as Your word reminds us again and again.

One thought on “Psalm 9: 11-20….A burst of emotion!

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this Psalm. A picture comes to my mind of years ago when one would see a man with a “sandwich board” over his head, walking the streets, and the words on the “sandwich board” were “PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD”. A little bit like Arthur Stace, the man who wrote “Eternity” in chalk on the footpaths around Sydney in the early 20th Century. We will one day stand before the Judge of all the earth, who will do right! From dust we were made and to dust we will return. We need to keep close to the Lord each day, and know Him and the Salvation He offers through His Son, our Saviour. God bless you.


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