Psalm 9:1 & 2
"I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High." NIV translation
In Psalm 8, we saw David sing praise to God for the wonder of His creation and the elevation of mankind to the role of caretaker. The name that David uses here is El Elyon and it speaks of the fact that God has authority of all things as He is the Creator of everything.
Psalm 9:3 & 4
"My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you. For you have upheld my right and my cause; you have sat on your throne, judging righteously." NIV translation
We saw David praise God for granting mankind the role of caretaker but, now, David's praise gets personal. He praises God for His active role in the life of His child as He fought on behalf of David and his enemies were defeated. This song shows us one of the things that makes us, as Christians, unique and that is the personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Many religions have a "god" that sits on a throne and is detached from the affairs of men but only through Jesus is it possible to have the personal touch of the one and only true God in our daily lives. In Christ, we have more reason to sing songs of praise than anyone in the world because we know that God is active in our lives in a personal way. That, my friends, is amazing!
Psalm 9:5 & 6
"You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever. Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished." NIV translation
When God grants us victory, it is total victory as we see in this passage. As the Creator, He is the only one with the authority to destroy and blot out their name. He grants us victory today in Jesus Christ!
Psalm 9:7 & 8
"The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice." NIV translation
God also grants us the eternal victory with Him as He will reign and live with us. This is what John described in Revelation 21. It is wonderful to remember that He knows each and every one of us personally.
Psalm 9:9 & 10
"The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you." NIV translation
God has never turned His back on His people and we can rest assured that He will never leave us. When we are faced with trials and troubles, He is our peace and rest.
Psalm 9:11 & 12
"Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted." NIV translation
Those that seek to harm God's people should tremble at this passage. When God's people cry out to Him, He hears and acts on their behalf. David praised God for this and we can too.
Psalm 9:13 & 14
"O 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 the Daughter of Zion and there rejoice in your salvation." NIV translation
David cries for God's mercy in hopes of praising Him in Jerusalem. That reminds us that we should praise God after He has delivered us. Many times people will cry out to God in the tough times but forget to praise Him after their delivery.
Psalm 9:15 & 16
"The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden. The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. Higgaion, Selah" NIV translation
We have all heard the saying "What goes around comes around." The simple fact of the matter is that this does not happen by accident but, as we see here, David tells us that it is a direct result of the justice of God. This is the same thing that Paul was talking about when he said "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." (see Galatians 6)
Psalm 9:17 & 18
"The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God. But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish." NIV translation
Just as we saw with David's enemies, those that turn their back on God are digging a pit (grave) for themselves. They turn their back by trusting in their own hands and their own wisdom and see no need for God to act on their behalf. But, those who are in need and humble look to God for everything and so they trust in Him and God is faithful.
Psalm 9:19 & 20
"Arise, O Lord, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence. Strike them with terror, O Lord; let the nations know they are but men. Selah" NIV translation
Because of the fact that David knows that God is just and right, he ends this song of praise with a call for God to judge. This day is coming as we see in Revelation and we will rejoice!