Author Archives: Seth Polk

About Seth Polk

Lead Pastor, Cross Lanes Baptist Church, Cross Lanes, WV

Praise to God Rises Up

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Communion with God is sharing in life with God. The communion of believers is through faith in Jesus Christ. Communion now is leading toward eternal enjoyment of God forever in his presence. We have communion with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 1 John 5:7 There are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit. 

The title of Psalm 9 reads, “To the Chief Musician.” In the Psalm, David celebrates the help and goodness of God. David praised God for demonstrating his righteousness in judgment, his trust in God as the judge, and he concluded with a petition.

How can we commune with God through praise?

We can commune with God through praise by giving thanks. v1 I will thank the Lord with all my heart. God is the God of justice. Justice is a term used for what is right, or “as things should be.” Justice flows out of God’s holiness. In order to have a proper understanding of GOd’s justice we need a proper understanding of sin. Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Sin is an offense, a crime against God. God sent Jesus as our substitute demonstrating that his justice was satisfied not ignored (1 John 4:10). Judgment belongs to God alone yet he entrusts it to Jesus (John 5:22). The judgment in Psalm 9 is on the wicked, on unbelievers.

We can commune with God through praise by declaring his works. v1 I will declare your wondrous works. God is our refuge (Psalm 46:1). A refuge is a place to be safe, or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. Because God is our refuge we need not fear regardless of the circumstances of life.

We can commune with God by rejoicing in him. v2 I will rejoice and boast about you. I will sing about your name, Most High. “Most High” is used throughout the Bible to describe the Lord, Creator of Heaven and Earth (Psalm 57:2). There is no god, idol, or created being that should be exalted above him. The Most High God invites us to know him and follow him by faith.

v7 The Lord sits enthroned forever. God’s throne is a place of power and authority, honor and glory, and sovereignty. God’s throne is a place of praise. Hebrews 4:16 Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need. 

John Newton- “We should go to the throne of God’s grace and present petitions that express honorable views of the love, riches, and bounty of our King.”