God Is Just Psa. 9:1-16 Sept. 13, 2009
Both of my daughters take Micah 3:8 as their favorite scripture verse. It says, “He hath shewed
thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (KJV) Perhaps it is a favorite of yours also. Our lesson’s title is God Is Just. What kind of justice does He love? The Lord simply loves justice. Many times mercy and justice are combined almost as twins. The Bible speaks several times about the Lord not caring for perverted justice, and He wants a correct kind of justice for the fatherless, poor, and needy. If we desire to be godly we will also be just!
1. God Is Just In His . . Ruling. 9:1-8
A. Just In His . . Righteous Rulings. 9:1-4
1 I will thank the LORD with all my heart; I will declare all Your wonderful works. 2 I will rejoice and
boast about You; I will sing about Your name, Most High. 3 When my enemies retreat, they stumble and perish before You.4 For You have upheld my just cause; You are seated on Your throne as a righteous judge.
B. Just In His . . Required Judgements. 9:5-8
5 You have rebuked the nations: You have destroyed the wicked; You have erased their name forever
and ever. 6 The enemy has come to eternal ruin; You have uprooted the cities, and 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 executes judgment on the peoples with fairness.
Because David knows God is righteous in His rulings he praises Him through His marvelous works. He rejoices and boasts about the Lord and sings praises to Him. He does this wholeheartedly. Judgement is required and David knows God judges correctly. Note these several acts of God in these eight verses: He turned back enemies and destroyed them. He vindicated the cause of righteousness as He judged righteously, and rebuked the heathen. He even caused them to lose their memory. All of this He did in fairness and David praised Him for it. Have you ever noticed how an attitude of praise affects the one doing the praise? One commentator says, “ When we praise God, we help ourselves by expanding our awareness of who He is.” You cannot praise and be negative at the same time.
2. God Is Just In His . . Remembering. 9:9-12
A. Just In His Remembering Those Who . . Seek The Lord. 9:9-10
9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.10 Those who know Your name
trust in You because You have not abandoned those who seek You, LORD.
B. Just In His Remembering Those Who . . Sing unto the Lord. 9:11-12
11 Sing to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; proclaim His deeds among the peoples.12 For the One who
seeks an accounting for bloodshed remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
Sometimes godly people may believe the Lord’s presence is hidden from them. You have heard the saying, “my prayers don’t get any higher than the ceiling.” Most people who tell me about such an experience in time will tell you what God taught them during such a time. God promises to be found by those who seek Him and here it says about God, “You have not abandoned those who seek You.” In difficult times as well as times of pleasure we need to sing unto the Lord. What a pleasure to sing in the face of difficult times. Does verse 12 speak to the issue of capital punishment? I had not noticed this verse before in that light.
3. God Is Just In His . . Rescuing. 9:13-16
A. Just In Rescuing His People From . . Death To Praise. 9:13-14
13 Be gracious to me, LORD; consider my affliction at the hands of those who hate me. Lift me up
from the gates of death, 14 so that I may declare all Your praises. I will rejoice in Your salvation within the gates of Daughter Zion.
B. Just In Rescuing His People While . . Delivering The Wicked To Death. 9:15-16
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they made; their foot is caught in the net they have concealed.
16 The LORD has revealed Himself; He has executed justice, striking down the wicked by the work of their hands. HCSB
David thought he stood at the gates of death on several occasions and the Lord rescued Him. He moved from the gates of death to the gates of Zion. The supply for David’s praise came from experience after experience of such deliverance from the hand of the Lord. On the other side the wicked fell into a pit they made for others and their foot got caught in the net they set to trap others. Yes! God Is Just. Amen? Amen!