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Dial “9” For Worship

A Sermon in Song Based on Psalm 9


Adapted from Drew Crosby, Wingate Church of Christ bulletin



[Scene One] You’re waiting to see your dentist and it’s taking longer than expected. You’re late for your next appointment and ask to use the phone. You dial the number twice and nothing happens. “How do I dial out?” you ask in frustration. The receptionist replays, “First, you dial 9”

[Scene Two] You are now in church for worship. You sing, pray, follow the reading of the Word, listen to the sermon but nothing seems to be happening. You want to worship the Lord, but you are just going through the motions. What can you do? Here’s a suggestion: Dial 9 – Psalm 9 and follow as David expresses his heartfelt praise and worship to God.

In A Musician Looks at the Psalms, Don Wyrtzen suggests, “This psalm, a stirring lyric to a triumphal march, celebrates a glorious victory in battle. David breaks forth in praise celebrating God’s actions and his person.”

Psalm 9 is largely praise and thanks. It begins with praise, and much of the psalm speaks of God’s wonderful and mighty deeds.


“I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart.” (Ps. 9:1a)

All For Jesus – “let my lips speak forth His praise”

All Praise to Thee, My God

Come Thou Almighty King – “Help us to praise”

Come, Come Ye Saints – “shout praises to our God”

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah – “songs of praises I will ever sing”

I Will Enter His Gates – “enter His courts with praise”

Name of All Majesty – “praise Him eternally”

O For a Heart to Praise My God

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus Our Blessed Redeemer

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty


“I will tell of all your wonders.” (Ps. 9:1b)

“Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.” (Ps. 9:11)

 A Mighty Fortress is Our God – “His craft and power are great”

How Great Thou Art

This is my Father’s World

To God Be The Glory Great Things He Hath Done


“I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” (Ps. 9:2)

 All People That on Earth Do Dwell – “Come ye before Him and rejoice”

Awake and Sing the Song – “sing on rejoicing every day”

Holy, Holy, Holy – “All Thy works shall praise Thy name”

I Walk with the King – “praise His name”

Lord We Come Before Thee Now – “let us all rejoice in Thee”

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Walking in Sunlight – “I am rejoicing, singing his praises”


“My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you . . . Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy.” (Ps. 9:3, 6)

Flee As A Bird – “He will protect thee forever”

God Of Our Fathers – “our guardian, guide and stay”

I Will Call Upon the Lord – “So shall I be saved from my enemies”

Take My Hand and Lead Me – “protect me with Thy mighty arm”


“He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.” (Ps. 9:8)

 Prepare to Meet Thy God – “how sad to face the judgment unprepared to meet God”

The Sands of Time – “with mercy and with judgement”

There’s A Great Day Coming – “Are you ready for the judgment day?”


“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” (Ps. 9:9)

 A Shelter in the Time of Storm

Fear Not Little Flock – “Your shepherd is Jesus, your refuge His arms”

How Firm A Foundation – “unto Jesus for refuge have fled”

Jesus, Lover of My Soul – “Other refuge have I none”

Safe in the arms of Jesus – “my heart’s dear refuge”

Savior, Lead Me Lest I Stray – “the refuge of my soul”

Under His Wings – “what a refuge in sorrow”

Where Could I Go? – “Seeking a refuge for my soul”


“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Ps. 9:10)

 Children of the Heavenly Father – “God his children ne’er forsaken”

I Am Coming to The Cross – “I am trusting Lord in Thee”

I Know God’s Promise Is True – “I’ve trusted and tested and tried it”

Simply Trusting

Sweet Hour of Prayer – “trust His grace”

Trust and Obey

Wonderful Love of Jesus – “my trust for lifting when I fall”



Sermon in Song prepared by Paul Brown (1929-2017)

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