Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.
The theme running through Psalm 9 is that God listens to our prayers. King David had a close relationship with the Lord, and he knew him as a shelter for the oppressed and a refuge in times of trouble. He also testified, to his own heart as well as to others, that God cares for the helpless and does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.
David knew God. And the longer David knew him, the more he trusted him. But his relationship with God didn’t start when he became king. It started when he was a young boy and a shepherd to his father’s flocks of sheep. It was in those years that he first started to know of God’s faithfulness and sovereignty. As life went on, he continued to walk in step with God so that later, when his own kingdom was under attack and he was on the run for his very life, he knew God and proclaimed, out of his own life experience, that God would not abandon him. That God would be his shelter and refuge.
Sometimes, like David, we need to remind our own hearts of who God is.
Every time we believe, and God acts on our belief, it strengthens our confidence in him and our conviction that he is God.
As we live out our days seeking God first, we get to know him better and we see the scriptures proven true. Every time we place our trust in God over our circumstances, our faith muscle is strengthened. This is what David did. This has to be one of the reasons why he was dubbed “a man after God’s own heart”.
This week, read through some of the Psalms and underline anything that talks about God’s character. For example,
The Lord is known for his justice; Psalm 10:16
He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety; Psalm 18:2
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart…; Psalm 51:17
The Lord watches over the path of the godly…; Psalm 1:6
You will show me the way of life…; Psalm 16:11
Let this be your window into the character of God. Let this practice open your eyes to who it is that loves you deeply and calls you his own child.
And remember to be confident in this: He will not abandon those who search for him. So go boldly, and be full of faith.