Psalm 9

We should be thankful for justice. Even if all is not right with where a government may be leaning, God’s judgments are centered on His righteousness. Here we go!

Thanksgiving for God’s Justice.

For the music director; on Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.

The note to the music director is interesting. According to, “muth-labben” means “To the chief musician upon Muth-labben” is the title of ( Psalms 9:1 ) which has given rise to infinite conjecture. It may be either upon the death (muth ) of the fool (labben ), as an anagram on Nabal or as Gesenius, “to be chanted by boys with virgins voices,” i.e. in the soprano.” It should be noted that a man named Nabal is mentioned in Samuel 25. His name means “fool” and he acts foolishly by refusing to provide for the king. In verse 25, Nabal’s wife Abigail provides food, apologizes to King David for his ignorance and she states “stupidity is with [Nabal]…” He becomes drunk, “the Lord struck Nabal and he died” (vs. 38), and King David marries Abigail. This story is not exactly mentioned in the psalm, although it does say, “You have eliminated the wicked,” in verse 5. It’s more a psalm of praise – thanking God for His protection.

I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.
I will rejoice and be jubilant in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

In the first couple of verses, we are to thank the Lord – not only during times of happiness, but also times of hardship. His path is not an easy one. Matthew 7:13-14 tells us, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” God call us to trust in Him, especially during difficult times.

When my enemies turn back,
They stumble and perish before You.
For You have maintained my just cause;
You have sat on the throne judging righteously.
You have rebuked the nations, You have eliminated the wicked;
You have wiped out their name forever and ever.
The enemy has come to an end in everlasting ruins,
And You have uprooted the cities;
The very memory of them has perished.

The next four verses praise the Lord for His just decisions. The Almighty erases evil.

But the Lord sits as King forever;
He has established His throne for judgment,
And He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples fairly.
The Lord will also be a stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble;
10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, Lord, have not abandoned those who seek You.

God’s jurisprudence, or body of law, brings justice. We can absolutely trust in Him, because He does not forget about those of us who believe in Him.

Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion;
Declare His deeds among the peoples.
For He who requires blood remembers them;
He does not forget the cry of the needy.
Be gracious to me, Lord;
See my oppression from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
So that I may tell of all Your praises,
That in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may rejoice in Your salvation.
The nations have sunk down into the pit which they have made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.
The Lord has made Himself known;
He has executed judgment.
A wicked one is ensnared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion Selah

In verses 11-16, David praises the Lord – and so should we. You can call on him and describe your unique challenge, seemingly unending hardship or what appear to be impossible circumstances. Jesus answers our prayers in a deeply personal way.

Higgaion Selah are musical terms, as best can be determined. According to BibleHub, Higgaion may refer to “Two interpretations are possible; the one based on an allied Arabic root gives “a deep vibrating sound,” the other derived from the Greek versions of Psalm 9:16, where we read higgayon Celah, takes it to mean an instrumental interlude.” defines “selah” as “the end; a pause.”

17 The wicked will return to Sheol,
All the nations who forget God.
18 For the needy will not always be forgotten,
Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.
19 Arise, Lord, do not let mankind prevail;
Let the nations be judged before You.
20 Put them in fear, Lord;
Let the nations know that they are merely human. Selah

Psalm 9 ends in verses 17-20 by reminding us that we have something to hope for, particularly in verse 18. Verse 19-20 tell us that even though it may feel like everything is out of control, or there is little to no law in the world, that the Lord is in control of all. He is the Ultimate King.

Have a wonderful week!

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