The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.
Psalm 9 (Original text, NIV)
“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you. For you have upheld my right and my cause; you have sat on your throne, judging righteously.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.
The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.
O Lord, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, that I may declare your praises in the gates of the Daughter of Zion and there rejoice in your salvation.
The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God. But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.
Arise, O Lord, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence.
Strike them with terror, O Lord; let the nations know they are but men.”
A prayer inspired by Psalm 9:
Thank you, Lord, for all you have done in my life. Please give me the ability to share it with people in a way they will understand.
Thank you for the relief and joy you have brought me over the years. I’ve called on you many times, and you have never failed me!
In my life, some problems have seemed insurmountable. And yet, they are problems to me no longer! To the extent that, sometimes, I hardly remember them. You have made a way in impossible situations. You have restored relationships. You have brought physical healing, material resources, spiritual freedom, and mental wellness. You have sustained me during my darkest times. For all of these, Lord, I praise and thank you. I don’t know where I would be without you.
You’re with us for the long haul. We read of your many victories in the Bible. We experience the touch of your Spirit. We look forward to your righteous rule on earth. You don’t give up on us.
You have a special way with anyone who is in distress. You never ignore us when we call on you.
You always remember us. We must always remember you, and all the things you have done in our lives. Lord, help us to not forget. To not forget your goodness and faithfulness. To not forget to thank you for the hope you have brought us.
I’m not done here yet, Lord. I still ask for your mercy. I will need your help. There are many things that scare me. Many things that threaten me. Struggles lay ahead. Be merciful, Father. Take care of me, through it all.
Help me to focus on your past victories in my life. May I gain strength from those memories, when my faith wavers.
I put my trust in your justice, even as I live out my days in a world that seems so dark. I know you have put limits on evil, on how far you will let it go. And no matter how dark or hopeless it seems, we know that you will always fight for those who remember their need for you.
Come back, Lord. We need you here. We need your help to restore our world.
To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:
- What is Better (Series Intro)
- Praying the Psalms – Psalm 1: Thought Life
- Praying the Psalms – Psalm 2: The World
- Praying the Psalms – Psalm 3: Deliverance
- Praying the Psalms – Psalm 4: Distractions
- Praying the Psalms – Psalm 5: Perseverance
- Praying the Psalms – Psalm 6: A prayer for those who suffer
- Praying the Psalms – Psalm 7: For When You Are Attacked
- Praying the Psalms – Psalm 8: Humility
As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!