1 Wholehearted thanksgiving to thee I will bring,
in praise of thy marvelous deeds I will sing;
in thee I will joy and exultingly cry,
thy name I will praise, O Jehovah Most High.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the people rejoice!
O come to Jehovah, declare ye his fame,
and give him all honor, for just is his name.
2 Thou Lord, art a refuge for all the oppressed;
all trust thee who know thee, and trusting are blest;
for never, O Lord, did thy mercy forsake
the soul that has sought of thy grace to partake. [Refrain]
3 Give praise to Jehovah, the mighty deeds tell
of him who has chosen in Zion to dwell,
of him to whom justice and vengeance belong,
who visits the lowly and overthrows wrong. [Refrain]
4 Behold my affliction, thy mercy accord,
and back from death's portals restore me, O Lord,
that I in the gates of thy Zion may raise
my song of salvation and show forth thy praise. [Refrain]
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = vv. 5-6
st. 4 =vv. 7-8
st. 5 = vv.9-10 st.
6 = vv. 11-12
st. 7 = vv. 13-14
st. 8 = vv. 15-16
st. 9 = vv. 17-18
st. 10 = vv. 19-20
Psalm 9 contains hints that it was originally composed by or for a king in Israel who was under attack (w. 3-6, 13-14). Praise predominates, but it is offered in the context of a prayer for deliverance. The psalmist begins with a vow to praise the LORD for his wonders (st. 1) and quickly moves to praise of God's past defense against enemies and for their defeat (st. 2-3). The security of God's throne and God's righteous rule over the world (st. 4) and the sure refuge the LORD provides under times of attack (st. 5) prompt additional praise and stir a call for the people to honor the Lord’s unfailing attention to those who rely on him (st. 6). The psalmist voices our prayer for deliverance from the threat of enemies (st. 7) and our confession that they will suffer the very evil they perpetrate against the LORD's anointed and his people (st. 8-9). The psalm ends in triumphant hope with a prayer asking God to show the enemies how powerless and vulnerable they are before him (st. 10).
The versification (altered) is from The Book of Psalms for Singing (1973) produced by the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, a denomination that limits its congregational song to unaccompanied psalm singing.
Celebration of God's victory over enemies; as a prayer when the church reflects on or experiences the hostility of the present evil age.
Charles Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther (b. Langenschursdorf, Saxony, 1811; d. St. Louis, MO, 1887) was an influential Lutheran theologian and leader. He studied theology at Leipzig, was ordained in 1837, and immigrated to the United States in 1839 with other orthodox Lutherans to escape from the rational…
Display Title: Wholehearted Thanksgiving to You I Will BringFirst Line: Wholehearted thanksgiving to you I will bringTune Title: WALTHERMeter: 11 11 11 11Scripture: Psalm 9Date: 1987Subject: Enemies & Persecution | ; Grace | ; Laments | ; Poverty |Source: The Book of Psalms for Singing, 1975, alt.
Display Title: Whole-hearted Thanksgiving to Thee I Will BringFirst Line: Whole-hearted thanksgiving to Thee I will bringTune Title: [Whole-hearted thanksgiving to Thee I will bring]Source: The Psalter (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 16
Display Title: Wholehearted ThanksgivingFirst Line: Wholehearted thanksgiving to thee will I bringTune Title: TO GOD BE THE GLORYAuthor: Fanny J. CrosbyMeter: 188.8.131.52.ref.Scripture: Psalm 9:1-2; Psalm 9:9-14Date: 2018Subject: Confidence | ; God | As Judge; God | As Refuge; God | Praises of; God | Works ofSource: Partial; The Psalter, 1912