Whether we wake depressed, joyful, anxious, in great anticipation of a new day, fearful, energetic and ready to tackle a to-do list, in panic, dreamy or stressed out, the Lord’s love for us is certain and we know this because Romans 8:38-39 (English Standard Version) says:
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
No matter what is happening in this world or in our personal life, Jesus is always with His people. All those who have confessed with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in their heart that God raised him from the dead, will be saved. (Romans 10:9). He promises to never leave nor forsake us and we can confidently say that the Lord is our helper, we will not fear; what can man do to us (Hebrews 13:5-6)?
As I stated in my last post, I am working my way, carefully and prayerfully, through the Psalms and Psalm 9 was much needed this morning. On Wednesday of this past week, I had two diagnostic tests done and they were quite brutal. I am slowly recovering but still feeling sluggish and unwell. My nephews celebrated their seventeenth birthday on the beach yesterday and I did not attend due to low energy. The pandemic is starting to wear me out and hearing of the climb in positive cases, to include our President, his wife, and their team of people is just not so good news! So, Psalm 9 could not have come at a better time!
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 rotted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for
and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.
What a relief to know that the Lord is enthroned forever and that He is the one who judges the world with righteousness and the people with uprightness.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary (1961, p. 586, v.1-10):
I will be glad and rejoice in thee. Holy joy is the life of thankful praise, as thankful praise is the language of Holy joy.
What I am searching for this morning is Kingdom thoughts rather than Racinda’s thoughts. I am focusing on God in the hopes of rising above my current mood which is flat, unmotivated and indifferent. I am prayerfully seeking to ditch this human feeling of nothingness and instead, grab on to God’s glory. He sits enthroned forever! He never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He does not bend to the circumstances of this world. He has a plan and He is moving forward regardless. The challenges in this world will not stop Him from accomplishing His will. This gives me great hope that God keeps pushing forth even when I drag my feet. He is strong, upright and Sovereign, so, be glad and rejoice in thee!
The Moody Bible Commentary (2014, p. 767) says that David (the author of Psalm 9) expresses his determination (I will) give thanks to the Lord…[I will] tell of His wonders…[I will] be glad and exult in Him and sing praises to Him.
What is my deepest heart’s desire? It is to spend my days always praising God, in close fellowship with Him, without any sort of oppression, in total freedom of my thoughts and emotions and to live just as Revelation 21:1-4 describes:
The New Heaven and the New Earth
Then I (John, the Apostle) saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne say, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’
David, from Psalm 7, is in the midst of challenge but looks beyond his circumstances and chooses to praise God instead.
“He (David) records, with joy, the triumphs of the God of heaven over all the powers of hell and attends those triumphs with his praises…He comforts himself and others in God and pleases himself with the thoughts of him. With the thoughts of his eternity. On this earth we see nothing durable, even strong cities are buried in rubbish and forgotten; but the Lord shall endure forever…He (God) will be a refuge for the oppressed, a high place, a strong place, for the oppressed, in times of trouble (Matthew Henry’s Commentary, 1961, p. 586-587).
In conclusion, David’s prayer is that God would “humble the pride, break the power, and blast the projects, of all the wicked enemies of his church: Arise, O Lord! (Psalm 9:19), stir up thyself, exert thy power, take thy seat, and deal with all these proud and daring enemies of thy name, and cause, and people. Let not man prevail; consult thy own honour, and let not weak and mortal men prevail against the kingdom and interest of the almighty and immortal God. Shall mortal man be too hard for God, too strong for his Maker? It is a very desirable thing, much for the glory of God and the peace and welfare of the universe, that men should know and consider themselves to be but men, depending creatures, mutable, mortal, and accountable” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary, 1961, p. 587).
I look forward to the day when Jesus comes and brings with Him His Kingdom, the New Jerusalem! All His children together, living with God, and praising His Holy Name, forever!
Thank you, Jesus, for this opportunity to write and I pray that all those who read this, that they will be filled with your peace, comfort and joy. That as they read, they too, will praise your Holy and Magnificent Name. You make our days glorious! Thank you, Father!!
Dr. Anthony George from First Baptist Atlanta prayed a very powerful prayer for our President and our country this morning. If you are interested and would like to stand in agreement with him, start the service at marker 14:23. The entire service is worth watching if you have the time 🙂
English Standard Version. (2008). The esv study bible. Crossway.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary. (1960). Matthew henry’s commentary: In one volume. ZONDERVAN ACADEMIC.
The Moody Bible Commentary. (2014). The moody bible commentary; A one-volume commentary on the whole bible by the faculty of moody bible institute. Moody Publisher. Chicago.