God’s Power and Justice
To the leader: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.
1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
3 When my enemies turned back,
they stumbled and perished before you.
4 For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgment.
5 You have rebuked the nations, you have destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins;
their cities you have rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
7 But the Lord sits enthroned forever,
he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.
Declare his deeds among the peoples.
12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13 Be gracious to me, O Lord.
See what I suffer from those who hate me;
you are the one who lifts me up from the gates of death,
14 so that I may recount all your praises,
and, in the gates of daughter Zion,
rejoice in your deliverance.
15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught.
16 The Lord has made himself known, he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
17 The wicked shall depart to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor perish forever.
19 Rise up, O Lord! Do not let mortals prevail;
let the nations be judged before you.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord;
let the nations know that they are only human. Selah
David knew that he could trust God. No matter what was going on around him, his full confidence and hope was God. Even though his enemies would seek to destroy him, he knew that they would be the ones destroyed. No wonder he sang to the Lord and told of all of God’s wonderful deeds.
David is quite the example. I wonder what life would be like if I had the same confidence in God that David did. What would I do differently if I was fully convinced that God was with me? How would my life be different if I knew that God was fighting for me?
Perhaps the best reflection on this Psalm is to admit that I don’t trust God fully. I question God. I wonder if God is really on my side and, at times, I question his love for me. No wonder I live so timidly. It is no wonder that my life isn’t reflective of the confidence that David had.
Perhaps now is the time to begin reflecting on why I trust myself, my finances, and my ability more than I trust God. After all, God is the only One who can really be trusted. Everything else I’m trusting will end up failing in the end.
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