Telling Others about the Lord
I suppose we all go through times when we know we need to talk to others about the Lord, but we wonder, "What do I tell them?"
Like so many of the Psalms, the 9th Psalm is one that extols the greatness of the Lord. It begins with a commitment to praise God on the part of a worshipper. "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" (9:1-2). While commanded, praise in its mature form, as seen here, it is not a duty as much as a natural product of the adoring and thankful heart. Its genesis is found in the phrase "I will recount all of your wonderful deeds." When we spend time really thinking about God and all He has done—and continues to do—amazement should be the result.
"For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment" (9:4). Our God is a God who watches over us, protecting and providing. He judges us righteously this psalm points out repeatedly, and as a result He will deal with those who have wronged us. Evil people will not escape His arm of justice. Wickedness will perish, but "But the Lord sits enthroned forever" (9:7), and His followers will be with Him.
"The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you" (9:9-10). The gates of God's kingdom are always open for those who come to Him—the door is never closed when you feel threatened and in need of His undivided attention. No problem in our life is greater than He if we have faith in Him—He protects all who flee to Him. He is always there to take the brunt of any storm that comes our way—His arms tightly around His struggling child. He is strong and unmoving in protection; unrelenting in defending.
"Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted. Be gracious to me, O Lord! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death, that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation" (9:11-14). Praise for God is an unhindered, expressive action—if it is not expressed, it is cannot be praise. If you have ever wondered what it is you are to tell others about God, you have found a wonderful starter kit here in Psalm 9.
Tell others that God is a God who watches over those who try to do right and will deal one day with the evil who persecute!
Tell others that God is a God who endures forever!
Tell others that God is a God who is a refuge—for those who turn to Him when life turns against them. His gates are ever open, and His power overwhelming.
Take these thoughts along with all the others you have experienced and "tell among the people His deeds!" Tell them that there is a God who cares, loves and longs to save them as well.