God the secure refuge and deliverer of justice (Psalm 9:1‐20)

The aim of this passage is to cause use to understand that God cares for the afflicted and powerless. He will judge the perpetrators of evil.

God is a secure refuge for the oppressed (Psa 9:1-12)

Sin destroys the sinner.

David wrote that would speak highly of God with all sincerity and declare God’s excellent acts. He would find great joy in God and sing praises to God’s name.

When David’s enemy came back to attack him, they would fall and be destroyed by God because God would execute righteous judgment on his behalf. God had rebuked the wicked and they would perish now and for all eternity never to be remembered. God would reign forever in justice and righteousness.

David declared that God provided a secure refuge for the oppressed during the time of trouble. Those who know God will put their trust in Him because they know that He had never forsaken those who seek Him.

David calls us to sing praises to God and declare His action to all the people because God, who avenges victims of violence, cares for them and will not forget their cries of anguish when they are afflicted.

Romans 1:24-28  Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

How often do you turn to God during times of trouble? What other things do you find yourself first turning to before God?

God will judge the nations and get justice for the victims of wickedness (Psa 9:13-20

God is not ignorant of the suffering of the innocent; he will deliver justice for them. 

David asks God to be merciful and kind to him and pay attention to his afflictions at the hands of those who hate him so that he might praise God and rejoice in Him.

The world had been destroyed by their own wicked devices as a result of judgment from God. The wicked and all people that do not acknowledge God will be sentenced to hell because the plight of the needy and poor will not be forgotten by God. David prayed to God not to let wicked humans be victorious. He prayed that the world would be judged and God would put fear in human beings to remind them that they are mortal.

Revelation 6:9-11  When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

What gives you assurance that you will be spared from the wrath to come?


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