The following blog post was originally posted here: If You Seek Me With All of Your Heart…Psalm 9 pt 2
The ninth Psalm is eschatological. It is a celebration of the return of King Messiah, whose coming is an intervention, a deliverance of Israel from the amassed nations of the world who have united to destroy her.
The psalmist taunts the enemies who have sought Israel’s destruction,
O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.(Psalm 9:6)
Either this is rendered as ‘Your destructions are over forever!”, or it means “You are eternally destroyed”. Perhaps it is both, for the Coming of the Messiah shall certainly produce both effects; the end of the destruction wrought by the Kings of the earth, and the everlasting ruin which God will bring upon them in the lake of fire.
“Thou hast destroyed cities…”. By the time of the Parousia, ancient cities shall have been destroyed by the “Kings of the Earth and their Rulers”. Damascus, Syria and Amman Jordan come to mind,(Isaiah 17,Jeremiah 49:2) but unfortunately there will be many others as well .
But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.(Psalm 9:7-8)
The Lord is coming to deal with all of humanity in Judgment. But he categorizes them into two groups, “the world” and (His) “people”.
Judgment is coming upon this world for its sins, the cup of iniquity is finally coming full. It seems as though our modern world has systematically repudiated everything that God ordained in the early parts of Genesis, as the foundation for human society. Marriage, Gender assignments, the sanctity of life, sexuality, the family, the death penalty, political separation of nations, and even “be fruitful and multiply” have all been undermined and rejected by this evil generation.
But The Lord shall “minister judgment” to the people He has chosen. This is the other sense of “judgment” which is deliverance and vindication. The Lord comes again to Israel, the people He appointed as His witness. They are presently estranged from Him but he is drawing them back to Him.
He is using the current geopolitical pressures, and hatred of the nations to bring Israel to the point where they actually cry out to Him for deliverance in the last day. This is none less than the “Time of Jacob’s trouble” spoken of by Jeremiah the prophet.
Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.(Jeremiah 30:7)
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.(Psalm 9:9-11)
Israel shall come to know the Lord again in those days, for He shall reveal himself to them. Moses told Israel that they would drift away from God, and be scattered to the ends of the earth, where they would in the last days, seek Him with all of their heart ;
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.(Deuteronomy 4:29-31)
I believe that Israel is a microcosm of the whole world, and that God’s dealings with Israel, teach us about His dealings with us as individuals. God is calling all of us to realize how far we have drifted from Him, and to seek Him with all of our heart. The promise is true individually,as well as to the nation, If we seek Him we will find Him. He will reveal Himself to the one who truly seeks Him.Even in the last days.
pt 3 to come….