3/5/08 Devotional – Psalm 9 “Do you give God your all?”

Posted: March 6, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Biblical Studies, Devotional, Psalms
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Psa 9:1-20

(1)  To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. 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.

This psalm highlights the importance of singing, giving thanks, and praising God. Notice how David starts by saying that he will give thanks with his WHOLE HEART. This is not a new idea. God had told His people that they were to do the following:

Deu 6:5

(5)  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Jesus was also asked what the most important commandment was and notice how he responded:

Mar 12:28-30

(28)  And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”

(29)  Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

(30)  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Loving God with all that we are is no easy thing at times. David loves to sing praises to God and recall of how awesome and good God is. This is one way that we can love God with all that we are.

David was so serious about worshipping God that he once stripped down and danced wildly in the open. I am a big sports fan and I can get pretty serious when watching a big game. It’s crazy how possessed someone can get. I won’t answer the phone, tell people to be quiet when something big is about to happen, jump up and down and go crazy when something good happens for my team. I will shout and yell at the TV as if it will make a difference. I will be happy and celebrate when my team wins and be sad and angry if they lose. Now, I have mellowed out some over the years and realized that I can’t be consumed by things like sports, but I remember well what kind of “fan”atic I once was.

We are told to sing praises and make God’s mighty deeds known to those around us. I used to let everyone know what team I liked by wearing hats, jerseys, and jackets. My office even has pictures of my favorite players and some other collectibles. If you stepped into my office, you will have no doubt that I am a Los Angeles Angels baseball fan. I have to ask myself the question, “Can people look at my life and know that I am a fan of God, that I love Jesus?” If not, then I must not be loving Him the way I ought.

I challenge you to love God with all your strength and be a “fan”. Let the whole world know who you cheer for, who you love, what you most care about in life.


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