The Ninth Day of Christmas
On this ninth day of Christmas we still have reason to rejoice and be glad. Have you noticed how beginning around Thanksgiving each year we (Americans in general and Christians in particular) kick in to high gear in preparation for Christmas and we keep the pedal to the floor right up to Christmas Day and then we do another final push through New Year’s Eve, some with parties and various New Year’s traditions to “ring in” the New Year. And then January 2nd at the stroke of Midnight it’s over.
We’re back to work, back to our routines, back to the day-to-day grind for some or the day-to-day mundane activity of life for all of us to some degree. And this is neither bad nor good in and of itself. It’s just the regular pattern of the seasons of life.
But each New Year marks a profound event in the life of the believer whether we take the time to acknowledge it or not. It is the time when a new slate is set before us with a myriad of opportunities and promises laid out before us to choose how we will live in such a way as to honor God and positively affect the lives of those around us, indeed how we will keep ourselves ready for whatever God may call us to do for His Kingdom’s purpose to be realized on the Earth.
Even more for the believer the party is not over. We still have four more days to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in the season of Christmastide. So, today let’s consider some passages from Psalm 9.
“I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.” Psalm 9:1-2
The Westminster Catechism states that, “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
How do we glorify God? We glorify God first by mercy and obedience.
“For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6
“And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22
We also glorify God by the things we say and the things we do, particularly for those in need, the poor, the sick, the lonely, the lost, the hurting, the widow, the orphan, the weak, the heavy burdened and the stranger.
We glorify God when we celebrate His victory through our Lord Jesus Christ and live with a faithful expectation of His love for us to keep us, provide for us and sustain us in this life and to bring us into His eternal presence in the life to come. So we are eager to worship Him and declare His goodness to the world.
“And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Psalm 9:8-10
Oppression, persecutions, trials, tribulations and troubles in general are no match for the righteousness mercy and love of God. And that love is particularly given to us. We who belong to Christ are the central focus of God’s Love.
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet…” Psalm 8:3-6
Our trust is not in the strength of any man’s hands but our trust is in God alone. When trouble comes we have a place of safety in the presence and the Word of our Lord, Jesus Christ. God will never forsake us.
“Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.” Psalm 9:11
So we rejoice in the Lord our God and declare His goodness, His acts of lovingkindness with one another and with those who don’t yet know Him.
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.” Psalm 9:17-20
In this present age of hyper communications technologies and information excess we have the assurance that the source of truth and wisdom is not diminished or its strength abated in anyway. The noise of so-called “news” cannot drown the declaration of God’s Word in the Good News of Jesus Christ. The righteous sing of it, preaching and teaching it in season and out of season, It is perfected out of the mouths of babes, the Heavens declare it and the firmament displays it.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19:1
Let the celebration continue! Jesus Christ is King and Lord of all! Rejoice in Him and be exceedingly glad!