Psalm 9

Psalm 9 has David remembering the greatness of God.  “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds”.  He celebrates the help and goodness of God and sings the praises of His God for how He has dealt with his enemies.  “I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High”.  How do you start your day with God?  Is it with praise, thanksgiving and adoration like David shows here, or do we begin with all the problems and requests for what we want God to do for us?

Living a lifestyle of praise and thanksgiving is a powerful way to enter His presence.  He cares about our needs, but most of all God desires a relationship.  He wants wholehearted praise and worship, not complaints about how difficult life is and how God isn’t stepping up and taking care of the situations in their life.  Simply remembering and telling the great things God has done is wonderful way to praise Him.  We need to learn to be glad in him – to be content with His work in us and through us – and repeat that back to Him.

David praises God for defending him against his enemies, of which there were many.  He started the chapter with the general reasons why God is worthy of our praise, and then moves into the specifics of how God has protected him.  “For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment”.  David saw God move against his enemies by defending him on the principle of right and wrong in his conflict.  God is judge of good and evil.  He does sit in judgment over all.

Can we trust God?  Should we?  David makes it clear.  “Those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you”.  It is because His people have relationship with Him (know Your name), they have faith in Him (put their trust in You), and they seek Him (who seek You).  It is about relationship.  God desires us to be in relationship with Him.  We only know Him when we commit to and spend time with Him.  God desires that.  We get past our small faith when we make time and spend it with God!

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