Psalm 9 looks back upon our troubles from a future date, when all has been resolved. This perspective, even today as it demonstrates faith in God’s promises and actions in the future, gives us courage and purpose.
The Psalmist first thanks God for His character, a character that we can count on and thank with our whole heart. In the end, the enemies are caught in their own trap (a promise of God of reaping what you sow). Just causes will prove successful and blessed. The wicked masses will be dealt with, and Christ will be recognized as Lord of all (every knee will bow).
The oppressed will realize their sustenance, while those who shed blood for gain will have their blood shed.
The Psalmist now asks to be among those who persevere. His pledge to praise God as if victory has already been given reflects his faith. His expectation that God will prove His promise true is his hope. His anticipation that the righteous will be praising God and the wicked will be in their eternal doom will vindicate those who seek for God. He uses a word that means “let that sink in” (Higgaion).
Finally, the Psalmist shows his resolve in the work of God. “Do your thing, Lord. Let it be,” reflects the sentiment of final verses.
Sometimes a view of life from the future can give us strength for today.
Psa 9:1-20: 1 I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. 3 When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence. 4 For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment. 5 You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever. 6 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.
7 But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, 8 and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. 9 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! 12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted. 13 Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death, 14 that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught. 16 The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
17 The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God. 18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever. 19 Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you! 20 Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah