Psalm 9

Psalm 9

What God does and what I do.

Life is joyful and happy when I do what I need to do and God does what God needs to do. Life is miserable when I try to do what God needs to do and ask God what I need to do.

Then what are the things that I should do? The only thing that I need to do is praising God:

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

That is all! When I just praise God’s name and exult God, giving thanks to God, God will take care of everything else in my life. My enemies will fall down and my worries will go away! I do not have to attack my enemies or revenge them.

“When my enemies turned back, they stumbled and perished before you. For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgment. You have rebuked the nations, you have destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name forever and ever. The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins; their cities you have rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.”

To refrain from revenging our enemies, we need to trust God kingship and fairness of God’s judgment. When we doubt God’s justice, we have to exercise our own power to restore justice in the world. However, when we trust God’s kingship and God’s fairness, we can wait for God’s timing.

“But the Lord sits enthroned forever, he has established his throne for judgment. He judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with equity.”

God is not just neutral judge. God is protector of the afflicted also. So, when we are persecuted unfairly we can cry out to God: “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

That is why we keep singing to God: “Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. Declare his deeds among the peoples. 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 what I suffer from those who hate me; you are the one who lifts me up from the gates of death, so that I may recount all your praises, and, in the gates of daughter Zion,    rejoice in your deliverance.”

We do not worry about the temporary injustice in the world. They will be fixed by God in God’s time.

“The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught. The Lord has made himself known, he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. The wicked shall depart to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.”

And those who are mourning now will laugh with God: “For the needy shall not always be forgotten,  nor the hope of the poor perish forever.”

Oh, there is one more thing for us to do in addition to praise: Prayer-we can shout to the Lord again in prayer: “Rise up, O Lord! Do not let mortals prevail; let the nations be judged before you. Put them in fear, O Lord; let the nations know that they are only human.” Then God will take care of the rest of things. Isn’t it wonderful for us to know that God is working as a fair judge and king?

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About biblepreacher

United Methodist Church Pastor. My wife, Hysung Hong Lee, is also a UMC pastor and my children are all grown and have their independent life. We have now empty nest. I and my wife are collecting some mission eggs now in that nest!
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