Psalm Saturday (9c)

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.  I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.  When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.  for thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.

Psalm 9:1-4

After telling us that he is praising the Lord with his whole heart, he is showing forth all of the Lord’s marvellous works and that he has made the decision to be glad, to rejoice in the Lord and to sing praises to His name, the Psalmist turns his attention to his enemies: “When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.”

The Psalmist understands that he is on the right side of the battle between good and evil.  He understands that there are those who hate the Lord and who hate everything that is good, right and true.  Those people often seem to be in the majority, especially in our modern world.  But the Psalmist knows that God has everything under control.  He understands that the enemies of the Lord (and, by extension, the enemies of the Psalmist) will eventually fall before Him and be destroyed.

It is good and comforting to know that we are the winning side.  There is a song out there that says “I am on the winning side.”  The Psalmist knew and was comforted by this fact.  We can be too!

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