This phrase is not expressive of the perfection of this duty, or of performing it in such manner as that there would be no imperfection in it, or sin attending it; for good men fail in all their performances and do nothing good without sin; hence provision is made for the iniquities of holy things; but of the heartiness and sincerity. The ninth psalm is to the chief musician on Muthlabben. Muthlabben is the death of a son. This could have been when Bathsheba’s first son died. From the passage itself (2 Samuel 12:15-23, After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them. On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.” David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.” Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!” He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”), once he was born the child immediately was struck with the sickness and died on the 7th day. So, David’s first unnamed child with Bathsheba was 7 days old when he died. I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou Most High. (Muth-labʹben). An expression included in the superscription of one of David’s psalms (Ps 9), traditionally said to mean “ [concerning] the death of the son.” Some commentators suggest that it indicated to the musical director the name or perhaps the opening words of a familiar song that furnished the melody to be used in singing this psalm. “To the chief musician upon Muth-labben” is the title of (Psalms 9:1) which has given rise to infinite conjecture. It may be either upon the death (muth) of the fool (labben), as an anagram on Nabal or as Gesenius, “to be chanted by boys with virgins’ voices. I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou Most High.
Psalms 10 is a psalm of the Book of Psalms that begins with a question of why God seems distant and hidden in times of trouble. It describes the wickedness and arrogance of the enemies of the righteous, who do not seek or acknowledge God. It also expresses a confidence and a plea for God to act and defend the poor and the oppressed. David probably wrote Psalms 9 and 10 as one psalm. The Jews thought that he wrote it after he killed Goliath. The first part says that God beat the foreign enemy (Psalm 9). The second part says that wicked men in Israel are making the helpless into oppressed people. (Psalm 10) The reasons for thinking that it was one psalm are: Psalm 10 has no words at the top about David or music. This is not usual in a psalm by David. Hebrew words that David did not often use are in Psalms 9 and 10. Psalms 9 and 10 make one acrostic. Acrostic psalms use the Hebrew alphabet. The first bit starts with the first letter. The second bit starts with the second letter. This happens until the alphabet finishes. Look at Psalm 9 below. Then you will understand. We have used English letters. These are not the same as Hebrew ones. After a time some of the letters became lost or mixed up! Also, the Jews decided to make them into 2 psalms. Some Christians have put them back together as one psalm, for example, some Roman Catholics. It is difficult to write an acrostic psalm. The words sometimes go in a strange order. This makes them hard to understand. It may give you help if you change the order of the words. “My enemies went back” instead of “Back my enemies went”. It means the same.
Psalms 11 is a psalm of David that expresses his trust in the Lord and his rejection of the advice to flee from his enemies. Live with an attitude of gratitude.God is with you, for you, in you, beside you, and will help you!My daily prayer for you and me is that we become more like Christ.
“For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.” — Psalm 11:7
Psalms 12 is a psalm of the Book of Psalms, traditionally attributed to King David1. It begins with a plea to God for help, because the godly and the faithful are scarce and the wicked speak lies and flattery. Faced with evil or persecution, believers sometimes ask, “where are you, God?” David’s opening lines of this psalm resemble remarks made in other Old Testament passages (Habakkuk 1:2–4; O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; There is strife, and contention arises. Therefore, the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore, perverse judgment proceeds. Psalm 22:1, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?).
It reads in Psalm 12:1-8, Man’s Treachery and God’s Constancy To the Chief Musician. On an eight-stringed harp. A Psalm of David.
Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things, Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?” “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.” The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times. You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever. The wicked prowl on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Father God, it seems that the wicked prowl around as a roaring lion seeking to destroy and slander all that is good and holy. Thank You that I am Your child and I will not fear what man can do to me for I know that I am kept secure in the heart of My Jesus, and nothing can pluck me out of His hands, I thank You in Jesus Precious Name Amen.
“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
Psalm 12:6 NKJV