God, The Righteous Judge, and Our Rejoicing - Psalm 9
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
We must acknowledge that our God is the judge. Our country was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, which became the background for our laws and moral conduct. Our country has strayed from many of its tenets, and we see the results all around us. The more our country moves away from God, the more trouble it has. Only God can bless America. Psalm 33:12a: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” There is wisdom found in Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” We are living in a time where wrong is declared to be right and right is declared to be wrong.
Just as David did in Psalm 9, believers can rejoice wholeheartedly in God because of who He is. Psalm 9:1-2: “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.” Verses 3 through 6 show that God deals with the wicked. He will judge them rightly. This includes America. We are not His chosen people, Israel is, but God will judge sin. Following are five ways to describe God as judge:
The Eternal Judge. Verse 7: “But the Lord shall endure forever: He hath prepared His throne for judgment.” God is our judge! He is just and righteous. We can trust Him and not our own hearts or opinions.
The Righteous Judge. Verse 8, “And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.” Will not the God of heaven do right (Genesis 18:25)? What is right? It is God who sets the standards.
The Compassionate Judge. Verse 9: “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” Have you thought of God as your refuge? He gives us peace, meaning, and purpose. He cares for us and gives us comfort. This does not mean that He overlooks our sin.
The Reliable and Trustworthy Judge. Verse 10: “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” God not only gives comfort, He is always there and cares for each one who has put their faith and trust in Him. The results of this are found in verse 11: “Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people His doings.”
The Avenging Judge. Verse 12: “When He maketh inquisition for blood, He remembereth them: He forgetteth not the cry of the humble.” God does not just “sit back.” He will act in His time and deal righteously.
The result is a cry for God’s mercy. Verse 13: “Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death.” God will judge sinners. Verses 17 through 18: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.” David pleads for God to arise and judge sinners, so they will not prevail and they will fear God. Verses 19 through 20: “Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.”
Our strength and hope is only in God. As a people, we have a tendency to forget. Deuteronomy 9:4-5: “Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord doth drive them out from before thee. Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” God appeals to His people, Israel, to not forget God when they prepare to pass over the Jordan and possess the nations He has given them. As God warned Israel, America needs to remember God and repent of its sin and arrogance. Without God, success is limited. Jesus said in John 15:5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.” Jesus does not want us, or America, to go on without Him. Branches that are pruned and cut off will show green leaves for a while. As individuals and a nation, we may appear prosperous for a time; however, without abiding in Christ we will wither and die.