Archive for May 9th, 2012

Psalm 9

Psalm 9 teaches us how to praise God.  That is one of our biggest responsibilities – to glorify Him.  It also is one of our biggest privileges.  He is worthy of our praise.  He is worthy of being glorified.  What does the psalmist teach us:

  • I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart
  • I will recount all of your wonderful deeds
  • I will be glad and exult in you
  • I will sing praise to your name

Note that this is very personal – “I” indicates this is a relationship between the psalmist and God on a personal level.  It also means that I need to take action as “will” is the word in all four examples.  I will indicates that we need to initiate and call forth the goodness of God.  The relationship theme is furthered in how the psalmist addresses God: “O Most High”. God sits on the throne of the universe.  We must not forget His place.

But beyond having the relationship and taking the initiative to glorify Him, we need ot pay attention to what God has done so we have something to talk about.  We need to know where God has been at work and what He has done.  The psalmist shows us how:

  • “you have maintained my just cause
  • you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment
  • You have rebuked the nations
  • you have made the wicked perish
  • you have blotted out their name forever and ever
  • their cities you rooted out
  • the very memory of them has perished
  • established his throne for justice
  • judges the world with righteousness
  • judges the peoples with uprightness
  • stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble”

There is more than enough to praise and glorify God about.  He is worthy of our praise.

So knowing what we do about God, how should we respond?  “Those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you”.Who trusts God?  Those who have a relationship with Him.  Those who know His name trust Him.  And when there is a relationship like that – God is never going to leave nor forsake.  Ponder how you respond to sharing news about good things that happen in your life.  When you are in a new relationship, or have a great day, you let those in your patch know.  We need to do the same with our relationship with God.  We need to let people know.  “Sing praises to the Lord….tell among the peoples his deeds…. that I may recount all your praises”!  The fact that we love God shouldn’t be a secret.  We need to shout it from the mountaintops!

There is a warning here that we need to heed.  “The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God….O Lord! Let the nations know that they are but men”!  God is not willing to be ignored.  Not by your or me, or our nation.  And we are on the edge of doing exactly that.  God is being pushed out of His place in many areas.  Political correctness has us running scared to live life God’s way.  We need to be careful not to forget God.  He is not humored by our attempts to push Him aside.  God is God and we are not.  We need to keep in mind that mere men do not fill God’s place.  We must not forget who is who and where we fit in that plan.  The consequences are severe.

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