Psalm 138

A Psalm of David.

1 I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You.

2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.

3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.

4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, when they hear the words of Your mouth.

5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.

6 Though the LORD is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.

8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.


This psalm seems backwards.  It starts with David preparing to worship God for aiding him when he called for help.  Then it ends with him crying for help.  In one way it could read that he is just constantly crying out for God’s continued help.  Sort of a, “You’ve started working in me, but I still have a long way to go.  Don’t leave me unfinished.”  Or it could be that he is so confident and sure that God will answer his call for help that he is already preparing to celebrate the coming of the help that he hasn’t even asked for yet.  Or maybe it’s both, either way it’s very encouraging to constantly rely on God so thoroughly that there is no doubt that He will respond for our betterment.

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