PSALM 9: DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?

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Lord, rise up and judge the nations.
    Don’t let people think they are strong.
Teach them to fear you, Lord.
    The nations must learn that they are only human. 

PSALM 9:19-20, NCV

Psalm 9 puts human strength in perspective against God's view of human strength.

David the psalmist calls (to the tune of "Death of the Son," by the way) on God to influence the minds of people so they do not think they are strong. 

What's so wrong with thinking of ourselves as strong?

The psalmists sees the end of human strength: pride, abuse of power, futility, temporality, and calls upon God to rise up and humble the nations.

ACTION STEP

Personalize prayer of the psalms when you pray them. See prayer below.

Listen and let this idea sink in.

 

PRAYER

Lord, rise up and judge our nation and the nations of the world. Judge nations of North America, the continents, not just ones we hear about in the news but every nation, tribe, and tongue.
    Don’t let people think they are strong. Don't let me think I am strong.
Teach me and all humanity to fear you, Lord.
    The nations -- ones like the United States who *think* we are strong -- must learn that we are only human.

 

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Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor preaches for The Journey. Greg's wife, Jill, teaches math at Broken Arrow High School and Tulsa Community College. Greg and Jill have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob. Greg is the author of many books, including his latest co-authored with Randy Harris, Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John.

 
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