David praises God for the benefits which he has granted to Israel in general, and to himself in particular, Psalm 9:1-6. He encourages himself in the Lord, knowing that he will ever judge righteously, and be a refuge for the distressed, Psalm 9:7-10. He exhorts the people to praise God for his judgments, Psalm 9:11, Psalm 9:12; prays for mercy and support; and thanks God for his judgments executed upon the heathen, Psalm 9:13-16. He foretells the destruction of the ungodly, Psalm 9:17; prays for the poor and needy, and against their oppressors, Psalm 9:18-20.Adam Clarke Commentatry
Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Righteous Judgments
To the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David.
9I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.
7 The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.
13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
in the gates of Daughter Zion,
and there rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
let the nations know they are only mortal.
Prayer for yourself and people on your prayer list…
- We will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; we will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
- We will be glad and rejoice in you; we will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
- We pray that your Holy Spirit will inspire us to look to you in times of trouble
- We will only look to you for justice and deliverance
- There is no need for us to be anxious about the work of the wicked because “the Lord is known by His acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the works of their own hands.”
- Father, you will never forget the needy, you do not ignore the cries of the afflicted; their hope will never perish.
- You, O Lord, reign forever; you have established your throne for judgment. You rule the world in righteousness and you judge the peoples with equity.
- You are our refuge and our strength, we trust in you.
- We will tell of all your wonderful deeds, now and forevermore