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Psalm 9:1-3 The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 9[a]

For the worship leader. A song of David to the tune “Death of a Son.”[b]

In the Hebrew manuscripts, Psalms 9 and 10 work as a unit because together they form an acrostic poem, meaning each stanza begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This literary device has several functions. First, it provides a mnemonic device for easier memorization. Second, it is inherently beautiful; the rigid structure is a showcase for the author’s literary talents. Finally, it conveys the idea of completion by describing the reasons God is to be praised “from A to Z.” Psalm 9 offers David’s thanks and praise to God for defeating his enemies. Psalm 10, on the other hand, is a lament complaining that God is far off while the poor and helpless suffer.

All my heart will give thanks to You, Eternal One.
    I will tell others about Your amazing works.
I will be glad and celebrate You!
    I will praise You, O Most High!

When my adversaries turned and fled,
    they fell and died right in front of You,

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 9 Psalms 9–10 were originally a single acrostic poem.
  2. 9:title Hebrew, muth-labben, perhaps the melody to which the song is sung
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