Psalm 9:1-10: He Causes the Enemy to Stumble Before You

Psalm 9:1-10: He Causes the Enemy to Stumble Before You

I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.
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.
For You have upheld my right and my cause,
    sitting enthroned as the righteous Judge.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
    You have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
    You have uprooted their cities;
    even the memory of them has perished.

The Lord reigns forever;
    He has established His throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness
    and judges the peoples with equity.
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.

Throughout the Bible we are told that the evil doings of the enemy are only temporary. In the end, the righteous will endure. Notice how the psalmist, praises God for the victory over his enemies, calling the Lord a Righteous Judge. He has witnessed the great power of the Lord which (literally) caused his enemies to stumble and perish before him: “You have blotted out their names for ever and ever” (v 5).

In times of trouble, remember that God is your refuge; a ‘stronghold in times of trouble.’ When you pray, repeat the powerful words of the psalmist: “Those who know Your Name, Lord, trust in You … for You have never forsaken those who seek You.” Amen.

[Read and mediate on the words of this psalm today. Believe every word you read and apply them to your own situation.]