Half heartedness, and the depreciation of divine grace, go hand in hand. I am, however, not convinced that the author of Psalm 1 thinks of the Torah as a replacement for the temple or that the position of Psalm 1 suggests that the Psalter is to be read as part of the ‘Torah’ or as a Psalm 1 uses a contrast between the righteous and the wicked to stimulate the people to be the kind of individuals the Psalmist calls blessed. Integrity for the subject and object, Psalms 9:12. Upon Muth-labben.— לבן מות על al muth labben. 2 I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-20. Salem Media Group. There is no intent that will prosper against a person who does everything according to the will of the Lord. As if "The Name," so highly praised in the former Psalm, were still ringing in the ear of the sweet singer of Israel. Psalm 20 is headed by a superscription, La-menatze'ah mizmor le-David, which the NJPS translates as "For the Leader. Why? I will show forth. (Haydock) --- But al may be understood, as it is found [in] Psalm xlv., where all have, "for the secrets." Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. First, for matter, the psalmist delivereth it in four parts. His incarnation and the afflictions of Christians are hidden in God. But he has his Son, Christ, the conqueror of death and hell, principally in view, as this psalm sings of victory over nations. And accordingly many have supposed that the Psalm relates to that history of Goliath, which we have in 1 Samuel 17. The particle. Behold with what a flood of the most sweet affections he says that he will confess, show forth, rejoice, be glad, and sing, being filled with ecstasy! Verse 1. Sincerity for affection and end, Psalms 9:2. Title. Psalm 9 and Psalm 10 are linked together by an irregular Acrostic (see notes on pp. (See the superscription in Psalm 88). . As long as we praise His name, God will act in our protection and lead us to the path of Heavens. Verse 1. Endless employment and enjoyment. B. Davies. By the matter of it. From Psalms 9:1-6 is a song of jubilant thanksgiving; from. David’s language, therefore, is an acknowledgement that he was preserved of God, not by ordinary means, but by the special power of God, which was conspicuously displayed in this matter; inasmuch as he had stretched forth his hand in a miraculous manner, and above the common and usual way. As God continues his favor towards his own people without intermission, all the good he has hitherto done to us should serve to inspire us with confidence and hope, that he will be gracious and merciful to us in the time to come. Psalm 23 A Psalm of David. The people were to live according to the law, the Torah. But how will his saying, that he will show forth "all" his marvellous works, agree with that of Job 9:10 , "which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number"? With my whole heart, i.e. The notes will show how one subject pervades them (see H p. 721). Verse 1. It sometimes needs all our determination to face the foe and bless the Lord in the teeth of his enemies; vowing that whoever else may be silent we will bless his name; here, however, the overthrow of the foe is viewed as complete, and the song flows with sacred fulness of delight. I will confess unto thee, O Lord, with my whole heart, etc. David resolveth to praise God, Psalms 9:1,2, for executing judgment upon his enemies, Psalms 9:3-8. From a considerable company of learned witnesses we gather that the title will bear a meaning far more instructive, without being fancifully forced: it signifies a Psalm concerning the death of the Son. Here is eternal work for us, for there can be no end to the showing forth of all his deeds of love. We have here before us most evidently a triumphal hymn; may it strengthen the faith of the militant believer and stimulate the courage of the timid saint, as he sees here THE CONQUEROR, on whose vesture and thigh is the name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. David is praising God (verses 1-2) for His power over his enemies (verses 3-8) and continual presence with David during the battle (verses 9-12). Psalm 1: Text, Translation, and Interpretation John Hobbins ancienthebrewpoetry.typepad.com The Psalter is more than a collection of prayers and hymns appropriate for use in the Temple or on the way to the Temple. He applies the term marvellous not to all the benefits which he had received from God, but to those more signal and memorable deliverances in which was exhibited a bright and striking manifestation of the divine power. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want; The acknowledging of God in all. God would have us to acknowledge him as the author of all our blessings; but on some of his gifts he has engraven more evident marks in order the more effectually to awaken our senses, which are otherwise as if asleep or dead. Psalm 9:1, ESV: "To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. Thus accomplishing such mighty things without force, without arms, without labour, by the cross only and blood. Verse 1. in connection with the whole Psalm. If we consider our own sinfulness and nothingness, we must feel that every work of preservation, forgiveness, conversion, deliverance, sanctification, etc., which the Lord has wrought for us, or in us is a marvellous work. 2 You know when we cross the desert and when we swim through the Rio Grande; you discern our fears from far away. I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart This is a gratulatory psalm, wherein David shows his thankfulness, which a very heathen calleth Maximam imo matrem omnium virtutmn reliquarum, the mother of all the rest of the virtues (Cicero). 721, 722, and App-63), beginning at Psalms 9:1 and ending with Psalms 10:18. That is, he hath such an ardent desire to speak of the wonderful works of God, that, as far as his wishes are concerned, he would set the "all" forth, though he could not do it, for love has neither bounds nor end: and, as Paul saith (1Co 13:7), "Love beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things;" hence it can do all things, and does do all things, for God looketh at the heart and spirit. of Psalm 8:5 Or him; Psalm 8:5 Or than God; Psalm 8:5 Or him; Psalm 8:6 Or made him ruler . his; Psalm 9:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. However, I personally feel this is a fallacy. Observe the song for past judgments, Psalms 9:15-16 ; the declaration of trust in future justice, Psalms 9:17-18 ; and the closing prayer, Psalms 9:19-20 . An expression of spiritual joy in God, as well as in his gifts. Psalm 9:1 With a holy resolution the songster begins his hymn; I will praise the O Lord. To begin, lets see the psalm in its entirety. Yea, we see that the famous generals of antiquity, who, upon returning victorious from some battle, desired public and solemn thanksgivings (160) to be decreed in their name to the gods, thought of nothing less than of doing honor to their false deities; but only abused their names under a false pretense, in order thereby to obtain an opportunity of indulging in vain boasting, that their own superior prowess might be acknowledged. The only object of our praise -- thee, O Lord. Praise is to be offered to God alone; we may be grateful to the intermediate agent, but our thanks must have long wings and mount aloft to heaven. When we give thanks for some one particular mercy, we should remember former mercies. David begins the psalm in this way, to induce God to succor him in the calamities with which he was now afflicted. A ciphering and summing up of special mercies (of ספר seems to come Cipher). In singing or reading this Psalm, it will be profitable to have an eye to Christ. Hengstenberg. Division. [Study questions for this text.] By the manner. A promise of mercy to the needy and poor, Psalms 9:18; and a prayer for judgment on the ungodly, Psalms 9:19,20. Where this is done, there the Lord is also praised with the whole heart. 505-506 And others have concluded it means a certain tune or instrument. London. Probably, "the death of the champion:" so the Chaldee has, "A Psalm of David, to be sung concerning the death of the man who went out between ({mibbeyney}) the camps;" evidently considering {labben,} of the same import as {bainayim,} "a middle-man or champion," as Goliath is termed, 1 Sa 17:4, concerning whose defeat this psalm is generally supposed to have been composed, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Psalm 9 is the ninth psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. Unfortunately, not everyone understands “Psalm 90” without a full interpretation. P. B. 1 O God, you have searched us and known us well. dak, crushed, Psalms 9:9 and Psalms 10:18; occurs only here and Psalms 74:21); "mortal men" (Psalms 9:19, Psalms 9:20 and Psalms 10:18); "forget" (Psalms 9:12, Psalms 9:17, Psalms 9:18 and Psalms 10:11, Psalms 10:12); "humble" (Psalms 9:12, Psalms 9:18, and Psalms 10:12, Psalms 10:17); "not alway" (Psalms 9:18, and "never", Psalms 10:11); "for ever and ever" (Psalms 9:5 and Psalms 10:16); "arise, Jehovah" (Psalms 9:19 and Psalms 10:12). The heathen, by God’s judgment, fall into the snare they made for others, Psalms 9:15,16. He prayeth him to consider his trouble, Psalms 9:13, that he might have cause to praise him, Psalms 9:14. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. He does not simply say, "I will confess, but, with my heart, and with my whole heart." Verses 3 and 4 compare God's servant to a bird that can be trapped by a hunter. The heart is the instrument of praise, the mouth only its organ. Psalm 23 is a well-known and oft quoted Psalm most often associated with death. What’s on your mind, only you know, so it’s considered your secret place. Psalm 1 is an introductory Psalm, a kind of gateway to the rest, where all kinds of qualities are mentioned. (Compare Song of Solomon 1:4 Revelation 19:7 ) I will sing to THY NAME, O thou Most High." Thus also the Chaldee renders it: "To be sung on occasion of the death of the man who went forth from the camp." Verse 1-2. Let us not be ashamed to glorify God, by telling what we know and feel he has done; let us watch our opportunity to bring out distinctly the fact of his acting; let us feel delighted at having an opportunity, from our own experience, of telling what must turn to his praise; and them that honour God, God will honour in turn; if we be willing to talk of his deeds, he will give us enough to talk about. . … - To the chief Musician upon Muth-labben. Interpretation: The hiding place said in the verse is your secret place, your mind, your inner Self. 1 Why do the nations conspire Muthlabben. Every clause of the first stanza begins with Aleph. Yes, it is a comforting Psalm, so I guess I can see why it's recited at graveside services. (Challoner) --- It may also signify, "to Ben, the master of music, over the young women." 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