Today you should read: Psalm 9
Security is found in God’s character!!
This chapter, although it goes in a few different directions, has an overarching theme: thanks and praise. Specifically, this Psalm praises God for the success of the Davidic king in defending Israel from its Gentile enemies.
It begins with worship and thanks. In verses 1 and 2, we see the worshiper thank God for His wonderful deeds! Verses 3 through 6 recount the specific ways in which God has protected His people (the Israelites) from the power of their enemies. When we see the word “just cause” in verse 4, it is not simply referring to God allowing them to live a good life and not die. It is referring to the call of Israel to be a light to the Gentiles by living faithfully in the covenant with God. That is their cause…don’t miss that. In verses 7 through 10, there is celebration for the security that comes with God’s righteous rule! In verses 13 through 14, he begins to pray for relief and deliverance from affliction. Moving to verses 15 through 18, the psalmist again celebrates how God defends the poor and needy, among the Israelites. And lastly, in verses 19 and 20, he prays for God to judge the nations.
For today’s walk-away, I want to camp out in verses 7 through 10. More specifically, I want to look at verse 10.
What do we see in verses 7 through 10? Security in the Lord. Having this security does not mean that everything in life will go your way and you will be without trial, but it is saying that the Lord is in control. It speaks first of His position and cause (verses 7-8)! He is enthroned…. He is KING! And His cause is JUSTICE!
Secondly, it speaks of His strength (verse 9). He vindicates the poor and needy. He upholds His people in their time of distress! Can you relate?
Lastly, it speaks of His character (verse 10). Think about this for a second… “All those who know God’s name put their trust in Him!” Why? Because He has not forsaken those who seek Him! What does this mean? It means that all those who know God and know that He is faithful, steadfast, righteous, unchanging, good, pure, holy, trustworthy, all-knowing, all-powerful, committed, just, loving, gracious, merciful (the list could go on for an eternity) have only one response: trust. There is no other option! What is there not to trust in Him?! His very character demands it.
So what about you? Do you know God? Do you know His names? Do you know His character?
If so, what is your response? Does that make you trust Him? It should. What areas of your life do you not trust Him with? Maybe the answer is that you
are not focusing on Him, but on yourself. The Psalmist says that all those who know His name trust in Him.
Do you know His character? Are you focusing on that or are you focusing on yourself? The solution is to stop. Stop thinking about those things and start thinking about His character. Start thinking about His names, it will cause you to trust.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione