2005-08-21 - My Cause
Psalm 9, Part 3
Once again I'd like to follow Leupold's outline of the psalm:
Praise for a mighty deliverance (vv. 1-12);
A plea for the continuation of this deliverance (vv. 13-20) 3
The meaning of the heading of the psalm is unclear, though the NIV translates
it, "To the tune of `The death of the Son.'" This view holds that the psalm
was to be sung to a popular tune of this title. The only agreement found
among commentators is that the meaning is unclear, and any effort to draw
a firm conclusion is purely speculation.
Praise for a Mighty Deliverance (vv. 1-12): David starts his work
with praise of the Lord. Where praise of, and therefore focus on, the Lord
is the basis of our life, we can keep a balanced perspective. This allows
us to live in the midst of circumstances, instead of under them. And with
praise, David notes that he also witnesses to others of God's work. Specifically
the works which David would have been referring to would have been God's
past blessings of the nation Israel. By praising, He is also testifying to
the majesty of God. Note that praise seems to move the heart to joy in God.
Our only chance from true joy and peace is dependent on the quality of our
relationship with the Father, not the quality of our circumstances.
David identifies the works of God as defeat of national enemies. The issue
is seen as national because David speaks of "my cause" and "my case," which
best can be understood as his role of king and therefore dealing with Israel,
not his personal enemies. God does bring justice, He does judge the enemies
of His people. And when He acts, He does so because of the sin of those He
judges. David notes that first the Lord rebukes, that is identifies the sin
that leads to judgment, and then He brings such ruin that their names will
pass out of memory.
Dr. McGee believed that the psalm is prophetic and is speaking of the judgment
of nations, when Messiah will sit on the throne of His father David. Certainly
there is strong language, that does seem to refer to some incident that cannot
be clearly identified in Jewish history. Remember, though, that one is dealing
with prophetic language, which allows for the superlative. Certainly the
principle of God's judging of the wicked and their destruction is certainly
valid. This has occurred and will do so again.
3 Leupold, H. C., Exposition of the Psalms, Baker
Book House, 1969, p. 110 & 113.
Series to be continued.
Comments or Questions?