For the worship leader. A song of David accompanied by the harp.[a]
This Davidic psalm based on Genesis 1 celebrates not only God’s majesty as Creator but also the unique place of human beings in His creation.
1 O Eternal, our Lord, Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth; Your magnificent glory shines far above the skies. 2 From the mouths and souls of infants and toddlers, the most innocent, You have decreed power to stop Your adversaries and quash those who seek revenge.
3 When I gaze to the skies and meditate on Your creation— on the moon, stars, and all You have made, 4 I can’t help but wonder why You care about mortals— sons and daughters of men— specks of dust floating about the cosmos.
5 But You placed the son of man just beneath God and honored him like royalty, crowning him with glory and honor. 6 You ordained him to govern the works of Your hands, to nurture the offspring of Your divine imagination; You placed everything on earth beneath his feet: 7 All kinds of domesticated animals, even the wild animals in the fields and forests, 8 The birds of the sky and the fish of the sea, all the multitudes of living things that travel the currents of the oceans.
9 O Eternal, our Lord, Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth.
8:titleHebrew, gittith, a winepress or a musical instrument from Gath
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.
1 All my heart will give thanks to You, Eternal One. I will tell others about Your amazing works. 2 I will be glad and celebrate You! I will praise You, O Most High!
3 When my adversaries turned and fled, they fell and died right in front of You, 4 For You supported my just cause. From Your throne, You have judged wisely.
5 You confronted the nations; You have destroyed the wicked. You have erased their names from history. 6 The enemy is finished, their time is up; their cities will lie in ruin forever; all memory of them is gone.
7 Still the Eternal remains and will reign forever; He has taken His place on His throne for judgment. 8 So He will judge the world rightly. He shall execute that judgment equally on all people.
9 For the Eternal will be a shelter for those who know misery, a refuge during troubling times. 10 Those who know Your name will rely on You, for You, O Eternal One, have not abandoned those who search for You.
11 Praise Him who lives on Zion’s holy hill. Tell the story of His great acts among the people! 12 For He remembers the victims of violence and avenges their blood; He does not turn a deaf ear to the cry of the needy.
13 Be gracious to me, O Eternal One. Notice the harm I have suffered because of my enemies, You who carry me safely away from death’s door, 14 So that I may rehearse Your deeds, declare Your praise, and rejoice in Your rescue when I take my stand in the gates of Zion.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others, their own feet caught, snared by the net they hid. 16 The Eternal is well known, for He has taken action and secured justice; He has trapped the wicked through the work of their own hands.
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