“The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9, ESV).
In this song, David expresses his gratitude to God for deliverance from his enemies (vv.1-4). God is mighty, and His sovereignty is displayed in universal governance over the powers of the world (v.5); He has totally triumphed over evildoers (v.6). His sovereignty is expressed in verse 7, “the LORD sits enthroned forever”, which works out in His righteous judgment upon the earth (v.8). In this setting, David expresses his confidence in God’s power to save and deliver those who trust in Him.
God is mighty and merciful. We should turn to Him in trouble, and call on Him in distress. He cares for the vulnerable; He shelters His children. When we take refuge in His almighty power, nothing can happen to us that is outside of His control. It is a blessing to know that, if we belong to Jesus Christ, then no matter what we go through, we are safe in the Father’s hands.