Psalm 9:15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught. Higgaion Selah.


David is giving thanks and praise to God for who He is and what He does. He urges others to join him in his praise of God. In this verse, David is thankful for God’s judgement. He judges us fairly and judges by our beliefs. Our beliefs are consistent with our actions and it is our actions that serve as the trap and basis for God’s judgement. David adds a couple of words to the end of this verse. Higgaion Selah. This is to be interpreted as “meditate, pause.”


Often my plans and actions come back to haunt me. What I thought would happen doesn’t or the opposite of what I intended sometimes occurs. It is the same with the world. What the world does or wants to happen is often what will trap the world. They are trapped in their sin. Whether they have good intentions or not, our sin will trap us.

 David is urging us to praise God because He is just and He will judge the wicked. I don’t have to judge people. God will judge them so I should just let the judging come from God. This is hard. I want people to get what’s coming. I want things to be “right”. That is not up to me to determine. God is more patient than I am and I need to learn that God’s timing is not my timing. His ways are not my ways. I should be aware of what I am doing and not worry about whether God will judge or when He will judge.

Peoples actions will be known. Their good deeds, their beliefs but also their sin, wickedness, and true heart. Just like the Miranda rights, everything I do can be and will be used for me and against me in God’s “court”. God will use my actions to judge me fairly. While David was praising God for his judgement on his enemies, there is a magnitude of reality that David suggests needs to sink in. God judges us all. He will judge me and you. My actions need to match my beliefs.


Father, I praise you for who you are and what you have done for me. You have provided your son as a sacrifice so I may have a life with you in Heaven. Thank you for your righteous judgement.