Knowing Christ in Psalm 9 (pt. 1 of 2)

ABC, it’s as easy as 1,2,3… God is such a good Father and a great teacher!

Psalm 9 and 10 together make up one acrostic Psalm. Each stanza starts with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Though I don’t know Hebrew, imagine how this Psalm may have been used to either teach children or help adults memorize Scripture.

Let’s look at the first two verses this morning.

I will give thanks to the Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

I often read “praise the Lord”, think something vague about church music and answered prayer, then keep reading. But,

What does it mean to praise the Lord?

Verse 1 defines it: Give thanks with your whole heart, telling of all of the LORD’s wonderful works. Marvel. Try to wrap your mind around the what/where/when/how/why God does such things. God is a person. God does work.

We marvel at who He is and what He does.

Jesus did this in Luke 10:17-21.

Jesus sends out 72 of His disciples on a mission. When they get back, they’re stoked that demons have to do what they say (i.e. “make like a tree and leave”).

Jesus redirects their rejoicing, “rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Then Jesus Himself rejoices!

And what does He rejoice in?

When Jesus rejoices in the Holy Spirit, He rejoices in the Father’s gracious will.

He rejoices in something true about the Father’s Person and work. Jesus rejoices in doctrines we often cannot fully understand or just don’t like.

  • God’s will to hide from the wise and reveal to the weak (Luke 10:21).
  • The Son’s submission to the Father in the economy of redemption (10:22).
  • The exclusivity of Christ, that He is the Only Way to the Father (10:22).
  • The choice of God of all who would be saved. This is carried out in Jesus choosing to whom He will reveal Himself (10:23).

Dear one, read and pray it again and rejoice as Jesus rejoiced–in who God is and what He does. Even if you don’t understand it.

Rejoice in the hope of the glory of God!

I will give thanks to the Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

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