In these two psalms, David extols the greatness of God’s work in defeating evil and liberating the oppressed. While chapter 9 is a completely triumphant praise, chapter 10 is an intercessory praise. Chapter 9 speaks of all the Lord’s victories over the enemies of the people of God. David’s enemies have fallen, perished, been defeated. The people who trust in God are saved! Vengeance is measured out, and God hears the cries of the humble. he sums it up in this poetic close:
“19 Arise, O Lord,
Do not let man prevail;
Let the nations be judged in Your sight.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord,
That the nations may know themselves to be but men.”
Chapter 10 then moves into a song of confidence in God’s ability to triumph over evil, but notices that–at times–the evil are prosperous and prideful. They lurk in the shadows and take advantage of the weak. They think God does not notice their evil deeds. However, in the latter part of the chapter, David’s faith is again evident:
“14 But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief,
To repay it by Your hand.
The helpless commits himself to You;
You are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
16 The Lord is King forever and ever;
The nations have perished out of His land.”
God is the God of the fatherless and oppressed. He is the Victor for the weak. God will always bring justice. When we cannot see Him working, God is still there. When we are weak, He is strong. When evil triumphs, God notices, and is working to bring justice and righteousness upon the earth. Trust in the Lord, even when things look bleak, because He is the King forever and ever!