Just a couple of simple thoughts from Psalm 9 today. First, David has some fuel for those of us who maybe lacking joy now or at any time.
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
(Psalm 9:1-2 ESV)
There is a strong link for David between “recounting” the wonderful acts of the Lord on his behalf and being “glad” and exulting in God. If we are lacking joy, perhaps we are being forgetful. David’s cure is an intentional kind of remembering, where he tells to himself, over and over, what God has done for him in the past. This fuels his present joy in God. Recount and rejoice!
Second, David makes a remarkable statement about what it means to know God, one that reaches into every circumstance of life:
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
(Psalm 9:10 ESV)
Simply put, to know God is to trust him. Think about that for a second. What is implied here is that in every instance where we evidence a lack of trust in God it is because of faulty (functioning) knowledge of him. Looked at another way, David is saying that if we have any true knowledge of God we cannot but trust him. This again has a component of remembrance. David states the historical argument for God’s trustworthiness – that he has never forsaken those who trust in him.
You might remember a song that says “to know, know know him, is to love, love, love him…” This wasn’t written with God in mind, but it’s what David declares to us. If there is any lack of love for or trust in God, we need to get our facts straight.