June 15 Devotional

I’m back! Cara and I had a wonderful time together in Colorado Springs last week! Cara’s parents are in town so it was really nice to get away together! We’ll be taking a look at Psalm 9 today:
To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
    I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
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 forever and ever.
The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
    their cities you rooted out;
    the very memory of them has perished.
But 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 put their trust in you,
    for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
    Tell among the peoples his deeds!
For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
    he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
Be gracious to me, O Lord!
    See my affliction from those who hate me,
    O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
that I may recount all your praises,
    that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
    I may rejoice in your salvation.
The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
    in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
    the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
The wicked shall return to Sheol,
    all the nations that forget God.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
    and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail;
    let the nations be judged before you!
Put them in fear, O Lord!
    Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah
David is here praising God. Some have called this Psalm the first Psalm of praise in this book! Notice all the ways David talks about praising God: give thanks, recount, be glad, exult, and sing praise. What’s unique about this Psalm is why David is praise God: for His justice. When is the last time you took time to praise God for his justice? When is the last time you marveled that because He is just, Jesus had to bear the penalty for your sin? David says “the enemy came to an end.” That’s who we used to be! Before we were saved, we were God’s enemies. Romans 8:7 says “the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot” We opposed to God by not recognizing Him as our Lord and Savior. As Hebrews 11:6 says “without faith it is impossible to please him.”
So in the midst of David asking God to be a righteous judge, he pauses to remind everyone to praise God. Doesn’t that seem a bit off to us? So often when I’m talking to people there’s such an emphasis on God’s love that there is little to no room left for God’s justice, yet even in the midst of God’s justice we are reminded to praise Him because He is just! He doesn’t allow people to continue on in their sin, nor does He leave as as we are. David even says that one of the ways God makes himself known is through his judgment (and then he pauses with a selah to remind everyone to think about that truth!). This is also a helpful reminder for us right now that we are called to do whatever we can to create justice in the world. Since God is just, and we have been tasked with representing God to the world, we need to do what we can to help others see and live out God’s justice on earth. And even though injustice will continue wreaking havoc in this world, we can  fully trust in God to bring about perfect justice when He comes back again!
Today’s song is by a group called The Brilliance with a song called ‘Make Us One’ you can listen on YOUTUBEor SPOTIFY.
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