Danger + Weakness = Joyful Praise

April 25, 2012 at 11:08 am | Posted in Selected Psalms | 2 Comments
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Psalm 9 is a Psalm of praise. Praise makes us joyful.

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

Psalm 9:1-2

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

Psalm 9:11

That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

Psalm 9:14

God is a King and He is THE King. The King has a throne, and His throne represents His government.

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

Psalm 9:4

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

Psalm 9:9

God’s government is bigger than any earthly government, and we can praise the King of Kings even when we can’t praise our earthly “king” or president or governor or mayor.

Have you praised God for the same things that David praised God for in these Verses?

When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

Psalm 9:3-6

Has the Lord turned back your enemy? Has He blotted out your enemies? Only God’s Kingdom will last forever. One of the reasons there is such joy in praise is because we find a shelter from trouble in praise.

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalm 9:9-10

We are sheltered in times of leanness because the Lord never forsakes us. People will forsake you when you are in a lean place. An earthly government may be helping you or your family right now, but how long do you think a government will help you when the government leaders start to need help themselves? God will shelter His children, and He will never need to take away His provision and use it on Himself.

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

Psalm 9:12-13

The Lord will shelter His children when they are attacked, even though the blood of our own crimes is on our hands, on our houses, and on our heads. God is the “Avenger of Blood,” but He is also the “City of Refuge.”

For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Psalm 9:18-20

The Lord shelters His children in times of weakness. We are vessels of clay, so all our times are times of weakness.

A Big Job

March 24, 2010 at 9:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Moses was 120 years old. He stood before all the people of Israel. As he did so he faced a group of people with a daunting task ahead of them. They were to go into the land of Canaan, drive out the giants, take on mighty enemy armies, and battle warriors who drove chariots of iron.

Moses could have tried to encourage the people with personal anecdotes, experiential wisdom, or an emotional pep rally. Thankfully, he obeyed the Lord instead, and inspired the people with the dependable Word of God.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Deuteronomy 31:6

This promise applies to God’s people today. His blood-bought Church may rest assured that He will never leave it nor forsake it. However, faith involves putting this promise into action. When is the last time, dear Christian, that you, by faith, in keeping with Scripture, started something so big that only God could finish it?

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