Psalms 9:1 - 20
ESV - 1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
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I humbly submit: Why willingly choose to be without JOY for even a moment? A powerful mass formation psychosis of late has imposed the fears of this world, via the prince of the power of the air media minions. Further, sadly many will continue to hide joyless under their beds with each new air wave’s breaking crisis. And big Pharma lab coat clergy provides wonderful new wares to help their depend customers manage neuroses lifestyles. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) Why freely put on this ill-fitting jacket of sorrow, especially when you are somewhat powerless to tailor it? (1 Timothy 6:20; Titus 1:16) Every moment of everyday, there is SUFFERING and DEATH somewhere on this little sphere, friend. So be very JOYFUL for what you have today. We are but a vapor and tomorrow is promised to no man. (Galatians 4:16) “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.” ~Alexander Solzhenitsyn Gulag Archipelago In the Lord's freedom and joy...warrior on
I believe, yes, you are. Even though the Bible says, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and WEEP WITH THOSE WHO WEEP." I've heard or read about those in Ukraine, some Christians, crying over their dire situation of being attacked by the Russians. But still we can in joy know that our Sovereign Lord and God is still on the throne! That nothing can be done to thwart His purposes for people. Keep this in mind: 1. "He does not ignore the cries of the inflicted." David writes this Psalm amid war. In Psalm 9:12, he says, “For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.” Psalm 9:1-2, 11-14 speak of David singing praises to the Lord and calling others to do the same. —H. Wilmington For “maketh inquisition” in the King James Version, compare Ge. 9:5). He will avenge their cause. 2. "The Lord is known by his acts of justice." Psalm 9:16 says, “ The LORD is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.” (NIV) In Psalm 9:3-6, 15-16, the Lord lets the wicked fall into their own pits and get caught by their own nets! —HW In Psalm 9:15–17, the psalmist describes the fate of the wicked: They are caught by their own traps. This is not by accident—it is part of Yahweh’s judgment. —FSB In Psalm 9:16, this is the only case in which Higgaion is found. In the view which is given here of the retribution on the wicked as an instance of God’s wise and holy ordering, we may well pause in adoring wonder and faith. --JFB 3. "Let the nations know they are only mortal." In Psalm 9:20, David wants God to remind his foes that they, too, will die. —HW “Put them in fear, O Lord! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah” In Ps. 9:20, I think David means this: “By their effectual subjection, make them to realize their frail nature (Ps. 8:4), and deter them from all conceit and future rebellion.” –JFB (outline Peyton Garland)
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