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Psalm 9:7-12 Giving Thanks for God's Future Actions

December 17, 2020 | by: Gregg Hunter | 0 comments

Posted in: The Psalms

Please read Psalm 9.

After recounting God’s wonderful deeds of the past in verses 3-6, the Psalmist now shifts his focus to what God will do in the future in verses 7-12 (you may want to reread them now). Because of all that God has done in the past, David knows that he can certainly trust Him in the future.

The certainty of what God has done gives us certainty in what God will do.

Specifically, David looks forward to two things that God will do in the future: judge the world in righteousness, and provide a refuge for those who trust in Him.

In verses 7-8, David revels in the reality that God will forever remain on his throne, and He alone will judge the world in complete righteousness. The Lord of all the earth will do right; He will punish the guilty with the punishment which they are due.

This unchanging justice of God should bring us incredible joy. When others wrong us, we have no need to fight back or vindicate ourselves, for the Lord of all the earth sees all, knows all, and will righteously judge all.

He will exact vengeance on those who wrongfully oppress us. They will not be able to bribe their way out of His judgment. They will not be too powerful, too popular, too rich, too good-looking, or too charismatic to escape the righteous judgment of our Lord. As Paul quotes a thousand years later in his sermon on Mars hill, God “will judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:31).

The righteous judgment of God should give great joy to the oppressed, but it also reminds us that we too deserve to stand under His wrath. Facing the wrath of God is no joke, and we just praised God for the reality that no one can escape His judgment. So we should tremble in fear!

But David goes on to praise God for the refuge that He provides for those who trust in Him, for those who know God’s name. To know God’s name is to know God: to know His attributes; to know His character; and to have a personal relationship with Him.

David had a relationship with God, but he only knew God partially. Through Jesus Christ, we may know Him fully. In Christ we find our refuge from the wrath of God. He showed us the fullness of God made manifest in flesh. Jesus revealed all that God is to sinners such as us. Jesus alone can forgive us of all our sins and be our stronghold in times of trouble.

When we put our trust in the Lord, we should join with David in calling others to sing praises to the Lord with us. It is not enough simply to sing the Lord’s praises; we must invite others to join us! We must tell all the people of His wonderful deeds. The same God who executes justice on the unrighteous gives mercy to the afflicted, and all may experience His mercy if they would repent and trust in the name of Jesus Christ.

Let us give thanks to the Lord with our whole heart and recount all of His wonderful deeds!