A Psalm of David (superscription). According to Muth-labben : this probably refers to the tune to which these words were set. In the Septuagint this Psalm refers to the death of a son.
Psalms 9 and 10 together constitute an acrostic Psalm.
Some Hebrew manuscripts, the old Greek translation of the Old Testament (the Septuagint or LXX - 300 B.C) and the Latin translation by Jerome (the Vulgate, - 400 A.D.) both treat Psalms 9–10 as one Psalm.
The predominant note in this Psalm is one of praise in the midst of the affliction that comes from living life in this sinful world – see verses 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 14. In the midst of sorrow and pain David has learned to know his God as a faithful God (cf. vv. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 18.The reason why David loved God so well, is because through his many challenging times he came to know His faithful and trustworthy God so very well. Fact : The more we know of God the more we can trust Him. Doubt is born of ignorance.
He tells us: “The LORD . . . delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear” (I Sam. 17:37). That was the truth and David always remembered that. And he said to his king Saul who was quaking before this this huge Philistine Goliath : “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (I Sam. 17:27) .
ollowing the death of Goliath, the Philistine army flees. David and Israel pursued them all the way to Gath and Ekron.(1 Sam 17: 52) Their dead were strewn all along the way and they plundered the Philistine camp. David comments on such victories, wrought by the LORD : “When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence. For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment . You have rebuked the nations ; you have made the wicked perish ; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever. The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you have rooted out ; the very memory of them has perished” (vv. 3-6).
With such help from God, David had developed a sure confidence in the Lord, and that confidence was turned to the kind of worship of which we find expressed in the opening words of this Psalm :
David knows that very well worships God for his mighty acts.
He knows that the cause of God is not dependent upon him. He knows that he will not reign forever. He is going to die, and the cause of God will continue, because God (unlike David) is enthroned forever. Therefore David says: ‘The LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and He judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name will trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you’” (vv. 7-10).
The last eight verses may be divided up into three sections: a prayer for renewed help ; a declaration and a supplication.
Many nations were against David and God’s people: Moab, Edom, Egypt... the Philistines you name them. The truth is that none of them could stand before our God. They fell into the pit that they themselves had dug; they were ensnared by the work of their hands. They were trapped by their own net. David learned that Goliath was a big man, but ultimately only a man. So David confidently declares his trust in the LORD . "Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)
David declares God’s certain justice: “The LORD has made Himself known ; he has executed judgment ” (v.16).
Based upon these facts we may know that our nation which aborts helpless babies, murders helpless people , engages in sexual immorality, fails to punish evil-doers effectively cannot stand before this God ! Find your hope in this, that the Lord is known by his justice. He is the faithful God.
So then , for every glance you give to the powerful and corrupt institutions, take ten looks at the Lord.
Remember that the cause of justice and righteousness will not be forgotten by our God :
to make himself known, to come and convict the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment.
We see this terrible pride in man and in his achievements all around us! We have been told now for many years that the origin of this world and of man is to be found in random selection. We have been made to believe that the doctrine of evolution is scientific fact , and we have believed Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, David Attenborough and the likes - formidable evangelists of evolutionism.
It is time to pray again : “Arise O LORD! Let not man prevail...! That was David’s confident prayer at the end of this Psalm. It was based on His knowledge and experience of the faithful God .
Let God arise and scatter his enemies - and He will !