Psalms 9:15-20




The Bible says in Psalms 9:15-16, “The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.”  Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Another way of saying this is that you reap what you sow. Sometimes it seems that nice guys finish last. But the truth is it is not over until it is over. In other words ultimately the plotting of the wicked will eventually result in their own destruction. The reason for this is explained by the phrase “The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth


It is always God that has the final say. It even says in Psalms 9:19, “Let not man prevail.” It is not man, nor the will of man that will prevail, but God that will prevail. Make sure that you choose the winning side, make sure that you are not digging your own pit by going against the will of God.


“The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth Men are known by the things they do and say. How do you know who a person is? By what they do and what they say. Of course, more often than not what men say is not the same as what they do. This is never the case with Jesus. What God does and what God says are always one and the same. In this verse the word “known” is the same word that is used other places in the Old Testament in reference to a man knowing a woman. God created romance. And romance the way God intended it to be is both pure and beautiful. Therefore, considering these things when a man knows a woman it is a union between them of the deepest kind both mentally and emotionally. Together they share a secret place just between the two of them that no one else can be a part of. This type of intimacy gives us a picture of the intimacy that can exist between God and man.


 Psalms 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” “The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth


Psalms 19:9-10 says, “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever. The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea than much fine gold. Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb The word “judgment” here is also the same word used in reference to the Ten Commandments in the book of Exodus. How to know God? How to have a friendship with him, how to have a spiritual romance? It is very simple, “The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth


The greatest judgment ever pronounced by God came to pass on the cross of Calvary when Jesus, the only begotten son of God was judged for the sins of the world. The fear of the LORD is clean and it is His judgments by which He is known. Of course, God’s Word is also His judgments. Who is the man who has the most intimate relationship with God? It may very well be the man who knows God’s Word and who feeds upon it perpetually.


These verses then bring out a very important truth about true religion. True religion is an intimate relationship with God. First Timothy 2:5 says, “There is one mediator between God and man, the man, Christ Jesus.” To know God you do not need to go to any certain religious building. To know God you do not need to make a spiritual journey to any ‘holy site”. To know God you do not need to go through other men. To know God you only need to go the one Mediator, Jesus. “The Lord is known by the judgments which he executeth


There are only two paths just as Jesus Himself explained when He gave the parable of the wide road and the narrow road. The two paths are: one, to be snared in the work of your own hands; and two, to know the judgments of the LORD.


Psalms 9 is a Psalms which lists things we can praise God for. One of the most important things to praise God for is His judgments because the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether and the law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul.


Psalms 9:17 says, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God The world hell in Bible is sometimes used to refer to the grave, the end of life. It is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment. Why do men die? Why does Human life end? Because of sin.  Romans 3:10, “…There is none righteous, no not one Romans 6: 23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord


Sometimes when someone we love dies, or someone that we consider to be a good person, we ask the question why did he or she have to die? Or we say he didn’t deserve to die. Sometimes people even become very angry at God. When we think about life and what it is and all the opportunity life offers and all the wonderful things there are to existing, it does indeed seem almost cruel and unjust that human life comes to an end. However it would be a cruel, merciless, unloving, and uncaring God who would let men go on living for ever and ever and never have to face death and the judgment. If there was no death, then there would be no judgment, and then men would never consider their need to turn from their sins and turn to Jesus.


The wicked shall be turned into hell. As the principle of turn to God and He will turn to you is true, so is the opposite: turn away from God and He will turn away from you. Human life is precious but nothing is as precious as doing what is right. How long you live on this earth may very well depend upon whether or not you repent of your sins.


The principle which applies to individual man also applies to nations and governments. The nations that forget God will also be turned into hell. This brings us to an important historical question, why does no nation last forever? The sands of time cover layer after layer, nation after nation which has risen and fallen in human history. None of them have lasted. They fall because they forget God. Even if a nation became so mighty as to rule the entire world, such as the Roman empire, it would fall into the grave.


The word “forget” which is used here in this verse is a very important word. It is only found two places in the Old Testament. In Isaiah 65:11 it says, “But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.” The New Testament equivalent to this Old Testament word means “to no longer care for, to neglect, to pass into oblivion.”


The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. Psalms chapter 9 is a Psalms of praise which shows us the marvelous works of God. What are the marvelous works mentioned in the previous verses: The righteousness of God’s judgments, that God will eliminate your enemies, that God is a refuge. These things of course apply both to people and to nations. How is it that anyone or any nation could forget such a Mighty God who does such wonderful things? 


Psalms 9:18 says, “For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.” There are many people in the world that are poor, destitute, starving, even homeless. In some countries there are even children that die of starvation. Of course, things like famine sometimes cause this. But one of the reasons there are poor and needy is because of the nations that forget God. There are governments that turn away from God, and there are people that have power and resources and unlimited wealth that could do something for the poor and the needy. But the farther away from God they turn and the more selfish and power hungry they become, the more those who are under their authority will become poor and needy.


Take for example the basic idea of communism. What if everyone shared and shared alike so that there was no poor and needy? What a marvelous idea. But it could never work, as communist governments have proven. Men are sinners. Where some might be generous there will always be many more that are greedy. You cannot make people share. To take away freedom under the guise of equality is another example of how governments forget God.


Sometimes men out of human kindness have done many charitable works to help the poor and needy but ultimately in the end it is God who will fulfill the expectation of the poor and the needy. A destitute man can look at his life and feel that he is forgotten and that all his expectations and hopes have failed. But there is God: He is good, and He does not forget the poor and needy. Spiritually speaking we are all poor and needy. We are sinners, who without Jesus are destitute of any righteousness. God has not forgotten this. This is why He sent His own Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.


Psalms 9:19, “Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know them to be but men. Selah.” One of the major mistakes of men is to not fear God.  Men sometimes through their own abilities, intellect, and might, and even numbers, think that they will prevail.  Psalms 34:10 says, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” Man should never be lifted up with pride to think that he is anything more than dust, because of his own strength, youth, ability, intellect, possessions or anything else. The truth is there is no victory without Jesus. What is it that these verses are referring to, what is it that God is not going to let man prevail at? Opposing His will.  Apparently men have the problem of thinking that they are more than they are. This is the danger, and the mistake that will happen to any man that does not fear God. He will forget he is just a man and that God is God. The truth is anytime you fail to submit yourself to do whatever it is God wants you to do or say, you are making this mistake.


One of the greatest characteristics of the world we live in is how strong is opposition of the will of man to the will of God. It seems as though man is prevailing, doesn’t it? But the day for that is going to end because every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.






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