Psalm 9: The Lord is the Judge of All


(20 Verses, 1:51 to read)

What I’m about to READ

  • The Lord is Judge of all Men, Jews and Gentiles Alike


  • The imagery of the courtroom is all over Scripture. Whether or not we are righteous in the end depends on a judgment from the Lord.
  • Psalms 9 and 10 have been seen as two parts of one Psalm in the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the Septuagint.


  • Is this a prayer for condemnation or conversion for the gentiles? When we pray that they realize that they are but men, we are preaching that the work of the Law would take effect in their hearts. When we pray that they may fear the Lord, we pray that they may keep the First Commandment, that they would “fear, love, and trust in God above all things.” But for those who refuse to fear the Lord, they will “return to Sheol.”
  • Catechism connection: 1st Commandment, 2nd Petition of the Lord’s Prayer


  • How does knowing the name of the Lord put our trust in him (9:10)?
  • Remember: “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (9:10).


  • We fear not the judgment of the Lord, because we know his holy name. He has revealed himself to us through the person and work of Jesus who suffered the penalty against sin so that we might receive the declaration of innocence. We fear the Lord precisely because he has been merciful to us in the proclamation of the forgiveness of sins for Christ’s sake.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Post below.

Pr Brian Flamme


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