Monday, January 9, 2012

Psalm 9

In today's quiet time I read Psalm 9.
The title in ESV is "I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds". Well, I tried, but God is so amazing that I can't list all the things He's done for me!

Actually we could say this Psalm can be divided into two parts. The 1st part from verses 1 to 12 is a praise for righteous judgment, in the 2nd from 13-20 David called on Him to deliver him from his present evil enemies.
Verses 1-2: David said he would thank God wholeheartedly. He would announce His extraordinary works publicly, rejoice in Him, and sing the praises of the Most High.
Verses 9-10: The concept of God as a refuge occurs often in the psalms. A "stronghold" is a high place of
security and protection.
Verses 11-12: David closed this pericope of praise by appealing to the afflicted and oppressed, to praise God and testify to others about God's care of them.
Verses 17-18: The psalmist contrasted the ends of the wicked and the oppressed needy. He set those who forget God opposite those who remember Him. In Old Testament thinking, remembering God is a term that describes continuing to have faith in God. Forgetting God pictures the opposite, namely, turning away from God. The Lord will not forget those who remember Him (trust in Him), but those who forget Him have no hope of escaping death when they need deliverance from it.

Today's challenge is to remember (as God's people) God's past acts of deliverance and praise Him publicly for these as we face the opposition of wicked enemies of righteousness. On the basis of God's past faithfulness, we can have confidence in His protection in our present and future distresses.

On Dan's facebook wall I found a great song today and this has been my new favorite worship song.

"Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people;
  praise his holy name."
(Psalm 30:4)

"Sing praises to God, sing praises;
  sing praises to our King, sing praises."
(Psalm 47:6)

"Because your love is better than life,
  my lips will glorify you."
(Psalm 63:3)

"Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,
sing praise to the Lord,
to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
who thunders with mighty voice.
Proclaim the power of God,
whose majesty is over Israel,
  whose power is in the heavens."
(Psalm 68:32-34)

"I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
  I will glorify your name forever."
(Psalm 86:12)

"Praise the LORD, my soul,
  and forget not all his benefits"
(Psalm 130:2)

Come on people, sing along! =) 

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
  the skies proclaim the work of his hands."
(Psalm 19:1)

"Let the rivers clap their hands,
  let the mountains sing together for joy"
(Psalm 98:8)

"Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
  Praise the LORD."
(Psalm 150:6)

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