Some translations of the Bible put Palms 9 and 10 as a single poem, and there is some evidence that this might have been the case. This week therefore we shall read both Psalms and see the themes running through them. They reflect real-life experience with ups and downs, tyrants and victims, deep-rooted confidence and anguished prayer, gentleness and cries for retribution.
In short, these psalms face the reality of a fallen and violent world and what it means to trust God in spite of such experience.
Confidence in God
1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvellous things you have done.
2 I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies retreated;
they staggered and died when you appeared.
4 For you have judged in my favour;
from your throne you have judged with fairness.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have erased their names forever.
6 The enemy is finished, in endless ruins;
the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.
All the way through this section David affirms the goodness of God and the reality of His protection in spite of everything.