PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Psalm 9
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The Lord is known by his acts of justice… (Psalm 9:16)
David repeatedly affirms that the Lord does what is right and equitable.
In other words, God treats every person the same, impartially (1 Peter 1:17).
And yet some people experience God’s favour, and others do not… why?
Our experience of God’s favour is not based on God’s selectivity.
Jesus says God causes his favour to shine and rain on everyone (Matthew 5:45).
He is gracious and merciful to all… but only those who welcome it enjoy it.
“… the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.” (Psalm 9:16)
The wicked are not ensnared because God didn’t favour them, but by their own hands.
It is because they rejected God and goodness, and willfully chose the opposite.
In the end God’s justice is people finding what their hearts pursue – good or evil.
The merciful will experience mercy, the forgiving will be forgiven.
Those who live by the sword die by it, hunters fall into their own traps (Psalm 9:15).
This psalm celebrates how God’s goodness triumphs, as well as those who pursue it.
This is God’s justice: what you seek is what you find, what you give is what you get.
Lord, your grace is poured out on everyone, but not everyone opens their hands to receive it. May my hands pursue your kind of goodness, eager to receive and share it with others!