He Remembers

Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
    proclaim among the nations what he has done.
For he who avenges blood remembers;
    he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
    Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
that I may declare your praises
    in the gates of Daughter Zion,
    and there rejoice in your salvation. Psalm 9:11-14

The lesson today is close to what we’ve been talking about the last week or so but it’s pointed out clearly in verse 12: for he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

Those tear-filled, lonely nights, he remembers.
Those dark moments when you felt like the whole world was coming against you, he remembers.
Your friends in far off lands who have been under intense scrutiny and persecution, he remembers.
Those lonely night when you’ve just wanted to up and quit, he remembers.

If there’s one thing you can say about the Lord as you read the Bible, it’s this: He has a special place in his heart for the afflicted.

(And we might even argue that when life is going great is when we need to call out to him the most since it’s easy to become complacent and self-sufficient.)

But when you’re at your lowest low, after the bottom has completely dropped out of your life, He will be right there with you.

He won’t forsake you in your hour of need. Then you will be able to say, like David, “I will declare your praises and will rejoice in your salvation.”

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The Lord Reigns Forever

The Lord reigns forever;
    he has established his throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness
    and judges the peoples with equity.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:7-10

The earth and its inhabitants may come and go but
the Lord reigns forever.

Nations will crumble, and others will rise to take their place but
The Lord reigns forever.

Riches and fame come; riches and fame go but
The Lord reigns forever.

Good looks and glamor are fleeting but
The Lord reigns forever.

Leaders will exalt themselves only to be destroyed by their own egos and corruption but
The Lord reigns forever.

Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

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He Knows Justice

My enemies turn back;
    they stumble and perish before you.
For you have upheld my right and my cause,
    sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
    you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
    you have uprooted their cities;
    even the memory of them has perished. Psalm 9:3-6

One of the themes that runs throughout the Old Testament is that of justice. In particular God had a “soft spot” towards the poor, widow, and the alien, and a high price would be paid if those classes were mistreated. Also scattered throughout the Old Testament is a similar theme: protecting the righteous and destroying the wicked. In this Psalm David is showing the contrast.

I don’t think I can say it enough because we all tend to forget what Scripture has to say about judgment and justice. The bottom line is this: there will come a day soon where justice will be meted out fairly. Those who think that what they do will go unnoticed in this world are sadly mistaken.

Similarly those who think there really is no justice in the world are also mistaken.

There is a God and there will be a judgment as certain as I’m writing this. He sees your pain and suffering at the hands of cruel people. You can trust Him. He knows justice.

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A Natural Outflow

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2

This is a delightful start to Psalm 9. It’s a time where we just stop and reflect on what the Lord has done and is doing in our lives. We offer no agendas, no petitions or requests, but simple praise and thanks.

Then when our hearts are filled with gratitude and worship, the natural outflow is for us to tell others of these things. No preaching. Nothing forceful or contrived or memorized from a “how to” manual.

Just the facts in my little world.

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The Son of Man

4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    the son of man that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:4-9

The son of man in verse 4 is not in the New International Version but in most other translations it’s there and a key part to the rest of this chapter. It’s a reference to the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Of course since this is the Old Testament, David was looking ahead in faith to the Messiah.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man, was given dominion over all of creation. One day, as Paul tells us in Philippians 2:10, “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”. Every knee. Every tongue. t’s not an empty promise or a tall tale. It’s the Word of God yet to be fulfilled.

And for that we cry: Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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