1. Take time to recount all of God’s wonderful deeds (1-2, 13-14).
Johnson Oatman, Jr (1856-1922) is not a household name, but he wrote a song that many know: “Count Your Blessings.” The hymn ends, “Count your many blessings, see what God has done.” We look at all that God has done in history as recorded in His Word, but we also take time to look at how God has blessed us and kept us. Thanking God is connected with expressing and pondering on why we are thankful! Even in asking God to deliver, we ask for deliverance so we can praise and rejoice more in God’s salvation!
2. Take time to recognize his righteous judgments (3-8, 15-16).
The ultimate throne is not that of any particular nation, but the Lord’s throne, upon which He sits forever, established for justice. We know from Revelation 18-19 and all of the leaders and even the Babylon System (Rev. 17:1-6) is temporary (Rev. 18). David expresses thanks to God for His righteous deliverance, a foretaste of the deliverance Christ will bring about in Revelation 19:11ff. Our Father has always been in the saving business—and the ultimate salvation came by His Son!
3. God is a refuge from the wicked (9-12, 17-20).
Christ serves as our refuge from the world’s system, not by taking us out of the world, but by preserving us in the world (John 10:27; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13). Even as the world oppresses us, we sing songs of praise to Him. The Divine Warrior language (“Arise, O Lord!”) shows that our Savior will actively protect our souls from the enemy.
Meditate on Psalm 9:1-2. To the LORD we “give thanks,” “recount his wonderful deeds,” and “exult” in him. How do we give thanks? “With my whole heart.” In magnifying Christ, we know from John 3:30, “He must increase, while I must decrease.” What are some areas in your life that must decrease in order for Christ to increase? What are some areas in which God has blessed, but you haven’t yet expressed thanks to him?
When we are oppressed and afflicted because of Christ, why do we want Him to deliver us? For our own glory and safety? Verses 13-14 say that the reason David wants rescued is so he may praise and rejoice in the salvation God has provided. Do we avoid being bold and vocal about our faith for fear of repercussions? Are we like Demas, who left Paul because he was “in love with this present world” (2 Timothy 4:9) rather than the world to come?
Verse 18 is a beautiful verse of ministry, a way to remind those struggling that they shall not always “be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.” The King of kings condescends to the poor, the weak, the foolish, and the outcast so that, when they are rescued, God would get the glory.
“Tell among the peoples his deeds” (v. 11). “He judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness” (v. 8). This is a distinct reminder of the fate of the peoples without Christ—and what we should be doing among the nations—telling them about Jesus! Take advantage of opportunities to tell others about what Christ has done, and to learn about how to do the same.