Psalm 9: Righteousness of God

How important is our testimony of God’s greatness?

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Psalm 9:1 To the minister of music, a song of David.
I praise you, Lord, with my whole being. I will spread the word about your wonderful deeds.
Matthew 10:32–33 If anyone publicly acknowledges me before men, I will publicly acknowledge him before my Father in Heaven. But anyone who denies me before men I will deny before my Father in Heaven.
King James
Psalm 9:1 <To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.> I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
Matthew 10:32–33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

In the midst of pain and suffering, how can we be “exceedingly glad”?

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Psalm 9:2 I will be exceedingly glad, O Most High God, singing joyous praises unto you.
Acts 5:41 The apostles left the assembly rejoicing that their flogging was bringing recognition and honor to Jesus’ name.
Acts 16:22–25 A mob cried out against them, so the officials ordered the men stripped and beaten with rods. After many stripes had been laid upon their backs, they were put in prison with a warning to the jailor to be sure they didn’t escape. So they were locked up in the innermost dungeon, with their feet secured in wooden stocks. At midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, loud enough for everyone in the prison to hear.)
King James
Psalm 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
Acts 16:22–25 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

How do people “retreat from God’s presence” (9:3)? What are the consequences?

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Psalm 9:3 When my enemies retreat from your presence, they will stumble and die.
King James
Psalm 9:3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

If we have sinned, how can we be judged righteous?

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Psalm 9:4 Seated upon your throne, you heard my case and judged that I was in the right.
Romans 3:22–23 True righteousness comes in response to the message of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit, which changes the inward desires of those who truly believe, not just the external actions. This transformation is possible for all people, no matter who they are, because everyone has sinned, falling short of God’s standard of purity.
2 Corinthians 3:18 Like someone looking into a mirror, when we see the Lord in the glory of the new contract, we become more like him, being changed from glory to greater glory by the work of his Spirit.
1 John 3:9 If you really are God’s children, then you have his nature and cannot sin.
King James
Psalm 9:4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.
Romans 3:22–23 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

What kind of future should the wicked anticipate? Why hasn’t that already happened?

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Psalm 9:5–6 You condemned the nations and destroyed the wicked, permanently wiping out their names.
Our enemies have met their final end, their cities leveled to the ground so they will never be remembered.
King James
Psalm 9:5–6 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

How can we be sure the Lord will rule forever in righteousness and truth?

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1 Samuel 15:29 He who is the eternal strenght and glory of Israel will never lie nor will he ever say, “Oop! I shouldn’t have done that,” for he is not a man with a need to be sorry for what he has done.
Psalm 9:7–8 But the Lord will rule forever, his throne prepared for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness and the people with absolute truth.
Luke 1:32–33 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will make him king like his ancestor David, and he will rule over Israel forever.
King James
1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
Psalm 9:7–8 But the Lord shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
Luke 1:32–33 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

When do we most need to depend on the Lord?

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Psalm 9:9–10 In times of trouble, the Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed. Those who really know you will trust you completely, for you faithfully stand with those who depend on you.
King James
Psalm 9:9–10 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

How do we benefit from singing praises to the Lord and spreading the news about his greatness?

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Psalm 9:11 Sing praises to the Lord, who lives in Jerusalem. Spread the news about his wonderful deeds.
King James
Psalm 9:11 Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.

How does God avenge the blood of martyrs?

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Psalm 9:12 He hears the cries of the afflicted and avenges the blood of martyrs.
King James
Psalm 9:12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

What motivates God’s kindness?

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Psalm 9:13–14 Be kind to me, Lord. Observe how my enemies persecute me. Protect me from death so I can rejoice in your salvation and sing your praises at Jerusalem’s gates.
King James
Psalm 9:13–14 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

How does a trapper become caught in his own snares?

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Psalm 9:15–16 The godless have fallen into the pit they dug. Their feet have been caught in the net they set for others.
The Lord has made himself known in his judgment. The wicked are victims of their own wrongdoing. Pause to think about that.
King James
Psalm 9:15–16 he heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

What must happen for people to “forget” God?

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Psalm 9:17 The wicked will go to the grave, and so will everyone who forgets God.
King James
Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

How can the poor and afflicted be blessed in their current condition?

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Psalm 9:18 The poor and afflicted won’t always be forgotten, without hope.
King James
Psalm 9:18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

Why do people think they are in control?

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Psalm 9:19–20 Rise up, O Lord, and judge the nations. Don’t let the people think they are in control. Give them reasons to fear you and let them know how helpless they are. Pause to think about that.
King James
Psalm 9:19–20 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. 20 Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah./div>