Today’s Reading: Psalm 9:1-10
Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.
Meditation: The psalmist describes God’s perfect righteousness and judgment. He has witnessed his enemies “stumble and perish” in their wickedness (v.3) as a result of God’s rule. He trusts in God the “Righteous Judge” (v.4), Who discerns what is good and evil, and knows all circumstances and every person’s heart. He is assured that because God will not forsake him, he does not have to worry in times of trouble.
The psalmist can trust God because he knows God and has seen firsthand what God has done in his life. He has witnessed God destroy all wickedness that has come against him. He has seen God judge with equity and protect the oppressed. His nearness to God has established his trust in God. And it is because of this trust that the psalmist is made glad and is moved to share all that God has done.
Today, God still “rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity” (v.8). We can be assured that He is the perfect Judge Who sees and knows all people and situations completely. Trusting in God, rejoicing in Him, and living in thanksgiving to God happens when we seek after Him, when we take the time to know Him, when we become close to Him. And in our own efforts to know God more, He gives us reason to trust in Him and tell others of His “wonderful deeds” (v.1).
Prayer: Lord God, You have indeed done wonderful deeds. I rejoice that I can trust in Your righteous rule and perfect judgment. I pray that by Your grace You would cause me to trust in You more than ever before. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.
Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Luke 9:28-62; Genesis 16; Psalm 9