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To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David. I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
CONFIDENCE IN THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE
The Chaldee version adds to the inscription, “concerning the death of the champion who went out between the camps,” referring to the death of Goliath. This is the first of the Acrostic or Alphabetical Psalms, of which there are nine: Psa_9:1-20; Psa_10:1-18; Psa_25:1-22; Psa_34:1-22; Psa_37:1-40; Psa_111:1-10; Psa_112:1-10; Psa_119:1-176; Psa_145:1-21.
There is a predominant note of praise, Psa_9:1-5; Psa_9:11-12; Psa_9:14. Let memory heap fuel on the altar of praise. In the resurrection of our Lord, God indeed rebuked our arch-enemy, and his strongholds are now wastes, Zec_3:1-2; 2Co_10:4; Col_2:15. But there is a corresponding note of trust, Psa_9:7-12. Calamity drives us to God. The more we know the more we trust Him. Doubt is born of ignorance. Leave God to vindicate; He will not forget, Psa_9:12. There is a petition for further help, Psa_9:13; Psa_9:19-20. We have been at the gates of death, Psa_9:13; here are the gates of the Holy City, Psa_9:14. Compare Psa_9:15 and Est_7:10. God does not forget; forget Him not, Psa_9:12; Psa_17:1-15.