Psalm 9 (Psalms on the Trail)

"I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High." Psalm 9:2

“I will be glad and exult in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”  

Psalm 9:2

Reflection: It was mid to late April in the bottom land along the Potomac River under towering sycamores, white barked and bare.  Carpets of Virginia bluebells mixed with white wildflowers (please tell me their name) made the ground sing and made me glad to be alive.  To this day, I cannot see this photo without feeling the warm sun, smelling river-damp earth, and sensing a shock of delight that such a multitude could stretch for miles by the towpath.  All free.  All accessible.  All for anyone.   A National Park treasure.  But mostly a gift of the Most High.  So what makes your heart sing praise?


1. Take this verse with you and ponder its meaning for you throughout the day.  What do you notice?  What do you wonder? (Clicking on photo enlarges it.)  What makes your heart sing praise?

2. Or read all of Psalm 9 to discover how this verse fits into the psalm.

3. Or comment with a photo of your own that illustrates this verse’s meaning for you.

Tomorrow’s verse:  Psalm 10:14

Starting January 1, 2016, for 150 days I am posting a daily psalm verse with a photo that is a visual meditation on the text for me.  Each day a verse from the next psalm is chosen until all 150 psalms have been featured.   To participate you may subscribe to my blog at or “friend” me on Facebook and watch for the daily links to blog posts.  Disclaimer:  I am not a photographer and most of the photos are from a cell phone or small camera while hiking the Appalachian Trail or the C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage Trail.


  1. Elaine Dent says:

    Thanks to help from Jean K and Geoff and Jean M, the mystery white flower is a Nodding Star-of-Bethlehem, an invasive (but beautiful) species along the Potomac in the spring.