Do You Ask God For Help In Times Of Trouble?
I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
When we praise God, we expand our awareness of who He is. In each psalm you read, look for an attribute or characteristic of God for which you can thank him.
I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9:2 (NLT)
Being glad and rejoicing is part of praising the Lord. For far too long, “Christians” have spoken of praising the Lord, but it doesn’t show in their lives. Enjoying life can be a great testimony to others and praise to the Lord.
Notice David said, “I will.” Praise is a choice, not a reaction.
My enemies retreated;
they staggered and died when you appeared.
Psalm 9:3 (NLT)
Anyone can praise God when all his or her enemies are vanquished. David was praising God for victory over his enemies before it was a fact.
For you have judged in my favor;
from your throne you have judged with fairness.
Psalm 9:4 (NLT)
God upholds our just cause; He is our vindicator (one who clears us from criticism and justifies us before others). In this life, we may face many injustices:
- We may be falsely accused and misunderstood by friends and enemies;
- We may not be truly appreciated by others for the love we show;
- The true value of our work and service may not be duly rewarded;
- Our ideas may be ignored.
But God is to be praised, for he sees and remembers all the good we do, and it is up to Him to decide the timing and the appropriateness of our rewards. If we do not trust Him to vindicate us, then we will be susceptible to hatred, self-promotion, or self-pity. If we do trust Him, we can experience God’s peace and be free from the worry of how others perceive us and treat us.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have erased their names forever.
The enemy is finished, in endless ruins;
the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.
But the LORD reigns forever,
executing judgment from his throne.
He will judge the world with justice
and rule the nations with fairness.
The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
Psalm 9:5-9 (NLT)
God turned the enemy back, and in their retreat, they stumbled and perished before the Lord.
Why did the Lord do this?
- To maintain the right of David to be king of Israel.
- To accomplish God’s purposes in this world.
God’s rebuke is an expression of His anger (2:5; 76:6). To “blot out” a name meant to destroy the person, place or nation completely (83:4; Ex. 17:14; 1 Sam. 15; and see Deut. 9:14, 25:19, 29:20). In contrast to the wiping out of the nations, the Lord and His great name stand forever. His throne cannot be overthrown. In fact, in the victory God gave David, the king saw a picture of the final judgment and victory when God will judge the world, and Paul referred to verse 8 in his address in Athens (Acts 17:31).
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you.
Psalm 9:10 (NLT)
God will never abandon those who seek Him. God’s promise does not mean that if we trust in Him we will escape loss or suffering; it means that God himself will never leave us no matter what we face.
Sing praises to the LORD who reigns in Jerusalem.
Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.
For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless.
He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.
Psalm 9:11-12 (NLT)
God does not live only in Jerusalem (or Zion, another name for Mount Moriah, the hill in Jerusalem on which the Temple was built); He is everywhere all the time. The focal point of Israelite worship came to be Jerusalem and its beautiful Temple. God was present in the Tabernacle (Exod 25:8-9) and in the Temple built by Solomon (2 Chron 7:16). From this central place of worship, the Jews were to tell the world about the one true God.
LORD, have mercy on me.
See how my enemies torment me.
Snatch me back from the jaws of death.
Save me so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates,
so I can rejoice that you have rescued me.
Psalm 9:13-14 (NLT)
All of us want God to help us when we are in trouble, but often for different reasons. Some want God’s help so that they will be successful and other people will like them. Others want God’s help so that they will be comfortable and feel good about themselves. David, however, wanted help from God so that justice would be restored to Israel and so that he could show others God’s power. When you call to god for help, consider your motive.
Is it to save you pain and embarrassment or to bring God glory and honor?
The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others.
Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set.
The LORD is known for his justice.
The wicked are trapped by their own deeds. Quiet Interlude
Psalm 9:15-16 (NLT)
The Lord is known by the judgment—It is not every casualty that can properly be called a judgment of God. Judgment is his strange work; but when he executes it, his mind is plainly to be seen. There are no natural causes to which such calamities can be legally attributed.
The wicked are trapped by their own deeds—There is nothing that a wicked man does that is not against his own interest. He is continually doing himself harm, and takes more pains to destroy his soul than the righteous man does to get his saved unto eternal life.
The wicked will go down to the grave.
This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.
Psalm 9:17 (NLT)
All the nations that forget God—They will not live in his fear. There are both nations and individuals who, though they know God, forget him, that is, are unmindful of him, do not acknowledge him in their designs, ways and works. These are all to be thrust down into hell.
But the needy will not be ignored forever;
the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.
Psalm 9:18 (NLT)
The world may ignore the plight of the needy, crushing any earthly hope they may have. But God, the champion of the weak, promises that this will not be the case forever. God will judge wicked nations, which forget the Lord and refuse to help their people. He knows our needs, He knows our tendency to despair, and He has promised to care for us. Even when others forget us, he will remember.
Arise, O LORD!
Do not let mere mortals defy you!
Judge the nations!
Make them tremble in fear, O LORD.
Let the nations know they are merely human. Interlude
Psalm 9:19-20 (NLT)
It often looks like man is prevailing, but that’s not the truth. God will always get the last word. It’s healthy to know there is only one God and we are not Him.
DECLARATIONS OF FAITH
The Lord inhabits my praises to Him. When I praise Him with my whole heart and rejoice in His presence, it produces a shield that stops the enemy in his tracks.
It is God who rises in my defence. My enemies fall and perish at His presence.
The Lord my God has maintained my cause. All of my enemies turn back from me and flee in terror.
I seek the Lord will all of my heart. He is my refuge and stronghold in times of trouble. He is my trusted Friend who will never leave me or forsake me.
The Lord has prepared my heart for His fellowship. His ear is attentive to the sound of my voice and He has prepared Himself to guide me in my way. Those who oppress me shall now meet His justice. He has risen in my defense so the oppressor can oppress me no more.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’ name!