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Chapter 138


1 Of David. 2 I thank you, LORD, with all my heart; before the gods to you I sing.


I bow low toward your holy temple; I praise your name for your fidelity and love. For you have exalted over all your name and your promise.


When I cried out, you answered; you strengthened my spirit.


All the kings of earth will praise you, LORD, when they hear the words of your mouth.


They will sing of the ways of the LORD: "How great is the glory of the LORD!"


The LORD is on high, but cares for the lowly and knows the proud from afar.


Though I walk in the midst of dangers, you guard my life when my enemies rage. You stretch out your hand; your right hand saves me.


The LORD is with me to the end. LORD, your love endures forever. Never forsake the work of your hands!



1 [Psalm 138] A thanksgiving to God, who came to the rescue of the psalmist. Divine rescue was not the result of the psalmist's virtues but of God's loving fidelity ( Psalm 138:1-3). The act is not a private transaction but a public act that stirs the surrounding nations to praise God's greatness and care for the people ( Psalm 138:4-6). The psalmist, having experienced salvation, trusts that God will always be there in moments of danger ( Psalm 138:7-8).

2 [1] Before the gods: i.e., heavenly beings, who were completely subordinate to Israel's God. The earthly temple represents the heavenly palace of God.

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