Psalm 9 1-8 is discussed in yesterday’s blog. Here we will finish up Palm 9
9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou,Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
The Lord is our refuge. The online dictionary defines refuge as a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. David needed this kind of place since his enemies seemed to be constantly around. I am amazed at all the different people who came against David during the time he was in Saul’s house, and then when he became King. After all, wasn’t David called a man after God’s own heart (I Sam 13:14, Acts 13:22)?
I look at it this way. If David was a man after God’s own heart, how can I possibly expect to avoid persecution and trouble when he went through so much? I certainly don’t feel like half the man he was. Yet, I have the blessing of salvation through Jesus Christ on my side. I have His promise and His protection. He is my refuge, as God was David’s refuge. I am safe!
11 Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
Now there’s something I can do better. Oh, I am real good at praising Him. I sing all the time. I write songs. I am a worship leader. Praise is not a problem. But declare His doings among the people? I am an introvert when it comes to this. My witnessing skills need work. They should’t. but they do. He has done so much for me, and yet I am quiet too often when an opportunity arises to share my testimony. Lord, help me do be bold for you.
12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
13 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:
14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
He remembers those who come against me, and he also remembers the humble. I believe David is talking about the humble as the ones who trust in God for their refuge, and don’t try to build their own refuge. We do have a choice in this process.
Often, I tend to try and figure things out by myself. I admit that sometimes I don’t even pray about situations I get into. I find my own way out without going to God. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it gets me into more trouble. Of course, if it doesn’t work out, then I go to God, and he helps me fix my mistakes. I must always keep these verses in mind. He forgets not the humble, He lifts me up from the gates of death, I rejoice in His salvation.
15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
David knew God had his back. The enemy would not win. They will fall into their own pit, they will be snared in their own net, they will be judged by God himself, and they shall be turned into hell. How many more ways does he have to list for us to understand God’s dominance over my enemies? What other assurances can offer me peace of mind to know that if I will only involve God in my battles, victory will be imminent? I mean, I’m sure David had his times of doubt (and we see these times in many Psalms), but we always see him rising above it before the Psalm is over. Let me praise Him, and rely on his mercy.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.
Last, David pleads the cause of the poor and needy. He knows God will not forsake them as man has. David was a king of the people not of royalty. He never saw himself above the common man. I pray I never do either.