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November 15

Psalm 9

1 I will thank the Lord with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous 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. 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 And he judges the world with righteousness; he executes judgment on the nations with fairness. 9 The Lord is a refuge for the persecuted, 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. 11 Sing to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; proclaim his deeds among the nations. 12 For the one who seeks an accounting for bloodshed remembers them; he does not forget the cry of the oppressed. 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. 15 The nations have fallen into the pit they made; their foot is caught in the net they have concealed. 16 The Lord has made himself known; he has executed justice, snaring the wicked by the work of their hands. Higgaion. Selah 17 The wicked will return to Sheol—all the nations that forget God. 18 For the needy will not always be forgotten; the hope of the oppressed will not perish forever. 19 Rise up, Lord! Do not let mere humans prevail; let the nations be judged in your presence. 20 Put terror in them, Lord; let the nations know they are only humans. Selah — Psalm 9

I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds

by Melodie Tunney

As Worship Minister at The Church at Woodbine, one of my greatest joys is to obey the words of Psalm 9:1—thank the Lord and declare His wonderful works. In our worship services each week, we do this through reading God's Word aloud together, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19) and by sharing testimonies of what the Lord is doing for us and through us as we live for Him each day.

I see three scriptural reasons to obey this command.

First, when we declare His works, it causes us to remember who God is. If you ever need a reminder of the greatness of Jehovah God, read chapter 38 of Job. Sometimes our eyes need to be taken off our own circumstances and be focused rather on the God who made us and who is in complete control. Deuteronomy 4:9 says, "Be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you don’t forget the things your eyes have seen and so that they don’t slip from your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren."

Secondly, our declarations encourage other believers. When I hear what the Lord has done for someone else, it bolsters my own faith, hope and trust.

And finally, when we speak of what God has done for us, it brings glory and honor to Him. "Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory because of your faithful love, because of your truth" (Psalm 115:1).

It's also important to note that two times in Psalm 9 we are told to "Selah"—pause and reflect on what we've just heard. What a great reminder not only to declare with our mouth what God has done for us, but also to stop and meditate on His works. Too often we find ourselves on a treadmill, running faster and faster through the busyness of our days, unaware of how God is intricately and intentionally working. Being mindful of the Lord's goodness will fuel the fire of declaring with our mouths all He is doing and has done.

The final sentence of this Psalm is also worth noting. "Let the nations know they are only men." As we remember God's power, wisdom, and character, it puts who we are in great perspective. Psalm 8, chronologically placed before the Psalm we are reading today, says in verses 3 and 4, "When I observe Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You set in place, what is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him?"

What has the Lord done for you? I encourage you to stop and consider—Selah, if you will—the goodness, mercy and extravagance of God's love for you. "Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Or who has ever first given to Him, and has to be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen." (Romans 11:33-36)

Praxis

  1. How many other times in scripture are we told to remember and speak of His deeds? To dig deeper, read 1 Chronicles 16:9, Psalm 13:5-6, Psalm 40:5, Psalm 71:24, Psalm 75:1, Psalm 89:2, Psalm 111:4, and Isaiah 63:7.
  2. If you have a moment, pull out a journal or a sheet of paper and write down 10 blessings that come to mind as you think on God's goodness to you.
  3. Be intentional to speak of God's blessings and working in your life with friends and family. 

Melodie Tunney

Mel Tunney has been on staff at The Church at Woodbine since the fall of 2015. She grew up pursuing opportunities to serve as a Spanish-speaking missionary and has a passion for seeing people of all nations join together in worship.

She and her husband, Dick, have been involved in Christian music for the last 30+ years. Their songs have earned Dove Awards and a Grammy, but they are most grateful that their music has found its way to many versions of current hymnals. Mel desires to mentor and encourage other musicians, pointing them to a love for the Word of God and a deeper walk with Jesus. She is also the mother of two married daughters, and is blessed to be “Mimi” to seven grandbabies.

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