A Glorious Victory in Battle

The Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, was not an easy man to serve under. He was brilliant, demanding, and not one to shower his subordinates with compliments. Yet even Wellington realized that his methods left something to be desi … More

Praise

God had won a victory for David, so he sang a song of praise to the Lord (vv. 1-2). David resolved to praise God wholeheartedly, to tell of His wonders, to be joyful in God, and to sing to Him. There is a big difference between praising with the lips and praising with the heart, between singing a hymn mechanically and singing it from the overflow of our heart.

The cause for David’s praise speaks of deliverance and victory over all his enemies (vv. 3-6). The Lord God is our refuge and a stronghold in trouble which means we have security and protection in a high and safe place, or in other words, a shelter from danger. Knowing of God’s security and protection gives us assurance that we can trust Him. If we do not trust God to vindicate us, we will be susceptible to hatred and self pity. If we trust God we can experience His peace and be free of the worry of what others may think about us and how they treat us.

The Lord reigns forever, executing judgment from his throne (v. 7). He will judge the world with justice and rule the nations with fairness (v. 8). He  is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble (v. 9). What can Satan do when a person turns torture into triumph or troubled times into times of praise? The Lord will be a refuge in times of trouble. Most of David’s psalms were written in times of great trouble. God will never forsake those who seek Him (v. 10). God’s promise does not mean that if we  trust in Him, we will escape loss or suffering. It simply means that God will never leave us no matter what we face.

Application

Have I learned to give thanks in everything as I Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to?  If so, I am in God’s will because God’s will is for me to give thanks in everything. Also can I praise the Lord with my whole heart as David did in today’s Scripture? That is an exciting way to live.

Psalms 9:1-10 (English Standard Version)

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence. For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment. You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever. The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished. But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

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