Author: Many ancient manuscripts combine Psalms 9 and 10, and Psalm 9 was written by David. Therefore, though not certain, David is the author.
Verse 1 – Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide yourself in times of trouble?
Verse 2 – The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
I don’t believe David was truly complaining in these first verses. David was like we are sometimes when we think God is not acting fast enough on our behalf. But if we wait, we will see that God acts with warnings and then mercy.
Verse 3 – For the wicked boast of his heart’s desire; he blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord.
Verse 4 – The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.
Verse 5 – His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them.
Verse 6 – He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.”
Why do we get upset when we see people succeeding and gaining wealth from those who have no thought toward God? Are we jealous or envious or are we angry over the damage they cause to the poor? We must never think that judgment is not going to fall on those whose lives are not for the Living God. They didn’t get by with anything because God sees it all. Wealth is only temporary. Wealth is not necessarily a sign of God’s approval on a person’s life.
Verse 7 – His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.
Verse 8 – He sits in lurking places of the villages; in secret places he murders the innocent; his eyes secretly fixed on the helpless.
Verse 9 – He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; he lies in wait to catch the poor; he catches the poor when he draws him into his net.
My question is : Why would the wealthy go after the poor? Is it to keep them Poor? If greed is the factor, then why not go after the wealthy? Maybe because the wealthy have protection and power (false security) and it’s much easier to go after the defenseless.
Verse 10 – So he crouches, he lies low, that the helpless may fall by his strength.
Verse 11 – He has said in his heart, “God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see it.”
There is a huge space between blind arrogance and the presence of God in someone’s life. The proud says, “I did this or that all by myself and no one is going to take it away.” However, when God’s presence is welcomed in our lives, the Holy Spirit will help us keep a check on our attitudes.
Verse 12 – Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up Your hand! Do not forget the humble.
Verse 13 – Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, You will not require an account.”
Verse 14 – But You have seen it, for You observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.
Every evil deed done in this life will be held accountable to the Most High, one day. The wicked don’t know God or His Word so they don’t realize that they will have to answer for their evil deeds. On the other hand, we all were considered wicked before coming to Christ. After doing so, our evil deeds were covered in the “Blood of the Lamb.” With Christ , sins are washed away; without Christ every person has to give an account for their deeds. There will be a due that they cannot pay.
Verse 15 – Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; seek out his wickedness until You find none.
Verse 16 – The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations have perished out of his land.
Verse 17 – Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause their ear to hear,
Verse 18 – To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more.
Isn’t it amazing that David the King of Israel, who lived in a palace and had all the wealth he would ever need, prayed a prayer to God to stop the oppression of the poor. He didn’t ask one thing for himself. He knew that he could not wipe out the oppression by the wicked, on his own. David also knew that God is a God of justice, so he let God be God. No wonder God said that David was after His heart–the apple of His eye! 1 Samuel 13:14