by Ruth Greene
“I praise You, O YHWH, with all my heart; I declare all Your wonders. I rejoice and exult in You; I sing praise to Your Name, O Most High. When my enemies turn back, They stumble and perish before You.” – Psalm 9:1-3, ISR98
When I read Psalm 9, I think of the years past in my ministry in song. The mighty power of song brings the presence of Elohim [‘God’, YHWH] as it calls attention to His splendor. I experienced this in a very real sense when I sang before a large audience at the funeral of my college-aged son so many years ago.
“Sing praises to YHWH, who dwells in Tsiyon [Zion]! Declare His deeds among the peoples. For He remembers the seekers of bloodshed, He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.” – Psalm 9:11-12, ISR98
I didn’t need to avenge the blood of my son. YHWH took care of this by dealing directly with the wicked people that brought it about. This didn’t always feel good to me, but as time passed, I really saw the wisdom in living His Word. I even wrote a song about it, which I look forward to putting on an upcoming CD.
Praise is expressing your appreciation to your Father, a sign that you appreciate His value. Praise says ‘thank you.’ Your inward love is expressed more fully on the outside. As you read and ponder the truth of the Bible, you can come to understand the attributes of Elohim that you love! You come to realize the protection that you seek!
“For You executed my right and my cause, You sat on the throne judging in righteousness. You have rebuked the gentiles, You have destroyed the wrong, You have wiped out their name forever and ever.” – Psalm 9:4-5, ISR98
This isn’t about getting what you want. You simply understand that judging is the business of Father YHWH, and He will deal with the wicked. You don’t need to dally with hatred and self-pity, or stoop in the misery of fear.
“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, YAHWEH, have not forsaken those who seek You.” – Psalm 9:10, HRB
Through whatever you face in life, your Father will not leave you when you abide in Him, when you seek Him. He is what you need!
“So that I declare all Your praise in the gates of the daughter of Tsiyon [Zion]. I rejoice in Your deliverance. The gentiles have sunk down in the pit which they made; In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught. YHWH has made Himself known, He has done right-ruling; the wrong is snared in the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah. The wrong return to the grave, All the gentiles that forget Elohim.” – Psalm 9:14-17, ISR98
How we have seen this plight come to light in recent years! The nations truly do fall into their own pits of ignorance and defiance against YHWH. This is the curse of nations that He has for the wicked. Let me tell you that you don’t want to be there or to take part in their plagues. They will pass away into dust, into the plight of death, and finally eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire, but the eternal memory of Elohim’s people never goes away. They can expect to live in the power of His promises, in eternal life that He provides for those in the Book of Life. (Deuteronomy 28:1-68)
Without question, everyone wants help when they are in trouble. Abba Father cares for the needy when they trust in Him. (Psalm 9:18) In the world, the United States is quick to help infidels and devil worshipers by showering their economies with money while they let their own people at home suffer and stress, heaping expectation and demands upon them. It’s all about political favors in the name of humanitarian concerns, but has nothing to do with righteousness.
Many pray for Elohim’s help so that they will be successful and so that other people will like them. Others want to be comfortable. They seek to feel good about themselves. We live in a time of modern life when this is a predominant outlook. The rest look right past YHWH, looking only to themselves. Either way, both are idolatry. One seeks self above Elohim and the other makes no pretense about Elohim at all.
What do you do in times of trouble? Your Father might seem far away. He assures you that He is not, but right where you need Him. All you need to do is to believe it and act in line with your belief as He makes His Presence known. (Psalm 10:1)