Tehillim Nine: History

This psalm starts off by telling us who it’s author is – King David again – and its intention. It is meant to ‘brighten the youth.’ I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I know that I like the concept. It begins with praising God and encouraging us to do so as well – pretty typical for a psalm.

“For He Who avenges blood remembers them; He has not forgotten the cry of the humble (Psalms 9:13).” I’m very interested in this idea of memory. Lately, it seems like so many people I interact with are so obsessed with the problems of the present that they appear to have forgotten the history that brought us to the current day. In order to truly be advocates and activists, I truly believe that a person needs to understand and be able to apply the lessons of historical context. That’s what I’m taking away from this verse – that just as God remembers those who He cares for, we also need to take into account the history and circumstances of those we seek to aid.

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