Praying Through: Psalm 9

The Psalm

Psalm 9 (CSB)
For the choir director: according to Muth-labben. A psalm of David.

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

The Prayer

Dear Lord,

I will not and cannot list what I think you have not done for me. That is preposterous! What you have done for me, in me, and through me is too great to even list. But I thank you so much. I thank you for you are absolutely good, absolutely merciful, absolutely gracious, and absolutely love. These I know of you and know you well.

God, you are high and exalted far above all creation, including any little thing I might create with my mind and my hands. I thank you for those many gifts that you have given me. I thank you for the life that you have given me. I thank you for the loves that you have given me. I thank you all.

God, I thank you for the security of your word. I thank you that you cannot break your promises to me. And those promises apply to me because I am your son, of whom you said you are well-pleased. Your Spirit also bears witness with my spirit that I am your child. Your Son intercedes for me on my behalf.  I know you will not reject me but you have saved me to yourself for your everlasting glory and the fullness of my joy.

God, I thank you for your heart that you have given to me. So now, with my voice, my lungs, my mouth, and my heart, I sing. I sing to you, about you, and for you. I sing loudly. I sing because I want you to hear me. I sing because I want you to hear how much I love you. And you hear my song. And you always hear my song.

May my words be a sweet and lovely sound for your ears.

I love you.

I adore you.

Thank you.

In your Son’s incredible name I pray. Amen.