In this Psalm, David looks forward to the day when Jesus will rise up and terrify enemy nations with his battle cry, establishing his just rule over the world from Zion.
In this Psalm, David celebrates how God has helped him defeat his enemies. At the same time, this is a prophetic psalm, written in the prophetic past tense, in which David looks forward to when Jesus will terrify the nations with his battle cry and permanently wipe out all memory of his enemies (v5-6). He looks forward to the Lord (Jesus) ruling the world from Zion and judging the world fairly (v7-11). He sees the end time rebellion when the nations will fall into the pit that they themselves had made and be caught in the net that they themselves had hidden (v15). He sees the second coming appearance of Jesus when the Lord reveals himself and the wicked are ensnared by their own actions (v16). He sees the eternal destiny of the wicked who ignore God and will end up in Sheol (v15-17). He prays for that day to come when the Lord will rise up and terrify defiant nations, showing them they are mere mortals (v19-20).
Tags: Jesus rules as king, Second coming appearance, Jesus destroys enemy nations, Jesus rules in Zion
1 For the music director; according to the alumoth-labben style; a psalm of David. I will thank the Lord with all my heart! I will tell about all your amazing deeds!
2 I will be happy and rejoice in you! I will sing praises to you, O Most High!
3 When my enemies turn back, they trip and are defeated before you.
4 For you defended my just cause; from your throne you pronounced a just decision.
5 You terrified the nations with your battle cry; you destroyed the wicked; you permanently wiped out all memory of them.
6 The enemy’s cities have been reduced to permanent ruins; you destroyed their cities; all memory of the enemies has perished.
7 But the Lord rules forever; he reigns in a just manner.
8 He judges the world fairly; he makes just legal decisions for the nations.
9 Consequently the Lord provides safety for the oppressed; he provides safety in times of trouble.
10 Your loyal followers trust in you, for you, Lord, do not abandon those who seek your help.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who rules in Zion! Tell the nations what he has done!
12 For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed; he did not overlook their cry for help
13 when they prayed: “Have mercy on me, Lord! See how I am oppressed by those who hate me, O one who can snatch me away from the gates of death!
14 Then I will tell about all your praiseworthy acts; in the gates of Daughter Zion I will rejoice because of your deliverance.”
15 The nations fell into the pit they had made; their feet were caught in the net they had hidden.
16 The Lord revealed himself; he accomplished justice; the wicked were ensnared by their own actions. (Higgaion. Selah)
17 The wicked are turned back and sent to Sheol; this is the destiny of all the nations that ignore God,
18 for the needy are not permanently ignored, the hopes of the oppressed are not forever dashed.
19 Rise up, Lord! Don’t let men be defiant! May the nations be judged in your presence!
20 Terrify them, Lord! Let the nations know they are mere mortals! (Selah)