A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 9

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 9

Throughout our life, we face all kinds of judgments from people we know and don’t know. A discontented in-law might judge the way you raise your children; an overly critical neighbor might judge the way you chose to dress when they see you at the store; a friend might judge your poor relationship choices. Without fail, these critiques and criticisms will continue until this present world ends. Many of these judgments are unfair, biased, and fail to take into account all extenuating circumstances.

But what if you found someone who always judged you fairly? Someone who knew you perfectly—not only your actions but your personality, history, and motives. What if you could trust their assessment of you with absolute certainty? To an extent, that would be a relief, knowing their judgments would be true and fair; on the other hand, we also know our shortcomings and sin.

Yet the Psalmist often found comfort in the judgments of God. In Psalm 9 he writes:

“But the LORD sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness” (7-8).

Justice. Righteousness. Uprightness. This is how the Judge of all the earth holds the world in his balance. No edict is questioned, no sentencing is unfair. Even better, his judgments aren’t cold and unfeeling; He isn’t distant from the cry of the oppressed:

“The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you” (9-10).

He is a castle for those fleeing from harsh judgments. Like a man fleeing a lynch mob who hears the name of a judge he knows to be fair, we run to his court and throw ourselves upon his mercy. We know he will make the right decision. He will avenge the weak, condemn the wicked, and vindicate the innocent:

“Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds!
For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the afflicted” (11-12).

Today, you may find yourself at the mercy of critical, unfeeling fellow humans. Their judgments might make you feel small, inadequate, and unworthy. Yet there are two thoughts which should bring you great comfort: 1) Their judgment of you in no way influences God’s assessment of you 2) They too will one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

And the Judge of all the earth will do what’s right.