PSALM 9. ASONG OF PRAISE TO GOD FOR HISJUDGMENT
babes and sucklings hast thouordained strength because of thine enemies that thou mighteststill the enemy and the avenger.When I considerthy heavens, thework of thy fingers, the moonand the stars, which thou hast or-dained; What is man, that thouart mindful of him? and the sonof man, that thou visitest him?Forthou hast made him a littlelowerthan the angels, and hastcrowned him with glory and hon-our. Thou madest him to havedominion overthe works of thyhands; thou hast put all thingsunderhis feet: All sheep andoxen, yea, and the beasts of thefield; The fowl of the air, and thefish of the sea, and whatsoeverpasseth through the paths of theseas. O LORD ourLord, howexcellent is thy name in all theearth!
(Psalm 9:1-3, 7-18)
I will praise thee, O LORD,with my whole heart; I will shewforth all thy marvellous works. Iwill be glad and rejoice in thee: Iwill sing praise to thy name, Othou most High. When mine en-emies are turned back, they shallfall and perish at thy presence...But the LORD shall endure forever: he hath prepared his throneforjudgment. And he shall judgethe world in righteousness, heshall ministerjudgment to thepeople in uprightness. The LORDalso will be a refuge fortheoppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thyname will put theirtrust in thee:forthou, LORD, hast not forsak-en them that seek thee. Singpraises to the LORD, whichdwelleth in Zion: declare amongthe people his doings. When hemaketh inquisition forblood, heremembereth them: he forgettethnot the cry of the humble. Havemercy upon me, O LORD; con-
PSALM 12. WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT SPEAKINGPROUD AND VAIN WORDS
Help, LORD; forthe godlymanceaseth; forthe faithful failfrom among the children of men.They speak vanity every one withhis neighbour: with flattering lipsand with a double heart do theyspeak. The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tonguethat speaketh proud things: Whohave said, With ourtongue willwe prevail; ourlips are ourown:who is lord overus? Fortheoppression of the poor, forthesighing of the needy, now will Iarise, saith the LORD; I will sethim in safety from him thatpuffeth at him. The words of theLORD are pure words: as silvertried in a furnace of earth, purifiedseven times. Thou shalt keep them,O LORD, thou shalt preservethem from this generation forever.The wicked walk on every side,when the vilest men are exalted.
No matter how poor we may be, if our heart is right with God,He will remember us and give us a home in heaven. Psalm 140,verses 12 and 13: “I know that the LORD will maintain thecause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor. Surely the righ-teous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell inthy presence.”
sidermy trouble which I sufferof them that hate me, thou thatliftest me up from the gates of death: That I may shew forth allthy praise in the gates of thedaughterof Zion: I will rejoice inthy salvation. The heathen aresunk down in the pit that theymade: in the net which they hid istheirown foot taken. The LORDis known by the judgment whichhe executeth: the wicked issnared in the work of his ownhands... Selah. The wicked shallbe turned into hell, and all thenations that forget God. Fortheneedy shall not alway be forgot-ten: the expectation of the poorshall not perish forever.
SOMETHING TO REMEMBER
The tongue is a little member of our body but capable ofgreat and terrible things. Read James, chapter three, below:“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shallreceive the greater condemnation. For in many things weoffend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a per-fect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, weput bits in the horses’mouths, that they may obey us; andwe turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, whichthough they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yetare they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoev-er the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little mem-ber, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a mattera little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of ini-quity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileththe whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; andit is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birdsand of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hathbeen tamed of mankind: but the tongue can no man tame;it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless weGod, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, whichare made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouthproceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these thingsought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the sameplace sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren,bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountainboth yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man andendued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of agood conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. Butif ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not,and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth notfrom above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For whereenvying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peace-able, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy andgood fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And thefruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that makepeace.”
God is able
to give us Grace over the tongue. ReadJames 4:6-8 and 10-15:“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God re-sisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submityourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he willflee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh toyou. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts,ye double minded... Humble yourselves in the sight of theLord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another,brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgethhis brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: butif thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and todestroy: who art thou that judgest another? Go to now, yethat say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, andcontinue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. Forwhat is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a lit-tle time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say,If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT