Yes! IX is pretty awesome. Great choice.FFIX Replaying that at the mo, that game's timeless.
So about VII, I'de definitely recommend it. Not my most favorite FF personally, but the story and the amount of depth put into the game can really drag you in. Not to mention the epic ending of the game, but I won't spoil it for you if you're reading this and never have played it.
I felt more emotion in this game than XII (cringe).