The Judgment is Fair

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The theme of this Psalm is that the judgment of God is fair and just to all. Judgment upon David’s enemies comes from the Lord and this is true for us as well. The instructions are to sing praises to the Lord and tell the world about his unforgettable deeds (v.11). He cares for the helpless and He does not ignore those who cry to him for help (12). The consideration of God’s judgment prompts the psalmist to plead for mercy. He views his life as being snatched from the gates of death in order that he can praise the Lord in the gates of the city (vv. 13-14). From considering the past and the future, David turned to his present need as he prayed for God’s help (vv. 13-20). His motive was that he might praise the Lord and tell others of his salvation. This refers to the city of Jerusalem. Our attitude should be the same concerning our life and the city or area where we live.

God sees to it that whatsoever a man sows, that he will also reap. This is a law of the soul as much as it is a law of the soil. When David seduced Bathsheba and murdered Uriah he sowed with his own hands the seeds that eventually brought him to the very bottom of the pit.

In the closing verses of this Psalm it is pointed out that wicked  nations are both hindered by God (v. 19) and humbled by God (v. 20). The nations in our day seem to be more arrogant, more resentful and more aggressive than ever before. David prays that the Lord will cause man to fear in a terrifying judgment. Such a destruction will make the wicked realize that they may be clever and crafty but man is only man and God is God and in full control.


What I sow today will determine what I reap one day in the future. What am I sowing in this life that will produce fruit for eternity? Many Christians spend all their time on the things of this life and when it is over will have nothing to reap in eternity. Do I need to make some changes?

Psalms 9:11-20 (English Standard Version)

Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted. Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death, that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation. The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught. The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you! Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men!

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