The Righteous Judge | Psalm 9:7–10

          But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
            he has established his throne for justice,
          and he judges the world with righteousness;
            he judges the peoples with uprightness.
          The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
            a stronghold in times of trouble.
10          And those who know your name put their trust in you,
            for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

When we consider God’s attributes, remember that He establishes and defines them; He doesn’t submit to any standard outside of Himself.  So, as we continue considering the justice of God, note that He establishes what is right and true.  David praises God for His consistency in judgment and strength.  No matter what arises, God is steadfast and therefore trustworthy. 

He’s eternal and the King.  As He deals with His enemies, He does so with the authority of His throne.  They vanish from the earth, their memory perishes (v. 6), but He remains forever. 

He’s righteous and true.  Because He’s righteous and upright, we should expect that He’ll judge the world with equity.  Psalm 99:4 says, “The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”  Truth will reign as long as He does.

He’s the omnipotent stronghold.  He’s a high tower, the impregnatable “shelter of the Most High” (Ps 91:1), and those finding no justice in this world find it in the Lord.  God brings down the strongholds of others (Is 25:12) and serves as a true fortress for those taking refuge in Him.  During times of trouble, we come to know His true protection. 

He’s trustworthy.  None of this would be as impressive if He were capricious.  However, the God Who establishes equity remains consistent, so those who know God’s name can trust in Him.  This Old Testament reference to salvation calls us to the New Testament, where we read that God bestowed upon Jesus “the name that is above every name” (Phil 2:9), because “there is salvation in no one else… no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  We can trust He’ll never leave or forsake us (Hb 13:5) when He says “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rm 10:13)!

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