“I will thank Yahweh with all my heart; I will declare all Your wonderful works. I will rejoice and boast about You; I will sing about Your name, Most High. But the Lord sits enthroned forever; He has established His throne for judgment. Be gracious to me, Lord ; consider my affliction at the hands of those who hate me. Lift me up from the gates of death, so that I may declare all Your praises. I will rejoice in Your salvation within the gates of Daughter Zion.”
Psalms 9:1-2, 7, 13-14
Written by King David, Psalm 9 speaks of praising God wholeheartedly. David speaks of praising God, thanking God and declaring His wonderful works! He also speaks of rejoicing in God, boasting in God and singing to God. David seemed fully aware, every hour of everyday of God’s Presence, God’s blessings and God’s working around Him. David LOOKED for where God was at work and praised Him for it!
He continues by saying that “God sits enthroned forever-His throne is established for judgement”. David not only acknowleged how worthy God is of praise, but also that He reigns, for only a True, Eternal King could be enthroned forever. Furthermore, David knew that God’s expectations or decrees were what we as people would be judged by, for he recognizes that God’s throne is were we will ultimately account to God for what we did or didn’t do while on earth. (Rev 17, 20, Matt 25,
II Cor 5:10)
David asks God to consider his personal plight as an afflicted, hunted man, for he spent many years of his life being chased by His enemies. He asks God, accordinly to rescue him from death so that he could continue praise God’s name and rejoicing in His salvation.
We might ask: “how could David, the champion of praise and worship, continue thanking and praising God while being chased all over Israel by his enemies?” My answer is because he CHOOSE to focus on God instead of His problems.
David was the ultimate warrior. While he fought all his life for his nation and for his own well-being, he also understood our real enemy is not made of flesh and blood, but of evil spirits who follow their leader the devil, whose job is to kill, steal and destroy those who put their faith in God (Eph 6:12-18, John 10:10). One of our most significant spiritual weapons is praise and worship, so much so that when Israel went into battle, they sent the choir and the priest carrying the ark of the covenant AHEAD of those bearing swords, shields and spears–II Chron 20:21 is only ONE example of this. David knew that NOTHING would make the devil and his evil forces flee faster than acknowledging God’s majesty and power through thanksgiving, praise and worship!
When do you worship God? On Sundays, Wednesdays or isolated events dedicated to such? At a dinner prayer? Or do you, like David purposely LOOK for things to praise God for?
Think about it!