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Psalm 138


“I will give You thanks with all my heart;

I will sing praises to You before the gods.  I will bow down toward Your holy temple

And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;

For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.

On the day I called, You answered me;

You made me bold with strength in my soul.

All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord,

When they have heard the words of Your mouth.

And they will sing of the ways of the Lord,

For great is the glory of the Lord.

For though the Lord is exalted,

Yet He regards the lowly,

But the haughty He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;

You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,

And Your right hand will save me.

The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;

Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;

Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”  (NASB)


There are three life-giving points in this Psalm worth embracing,  “binding around (our) necks” (Prov. 3:3) as the challenges of daily life swirl around each one of us.

The first is, “You have made me bold with strength in my soul.” The Message translates this verse, “The moment I called out, You stepped in; You made my life large with strength.”

Large with strength….I am mindful of the verses in  I Corinthians which state that we are “bought with a price” and do not belong to ourselves. (I Cor. 6:19-20, NASB)  He is designing and embellishing His piece of pottery with boldness, strength, vision, enabling it to carry and bear what will come during its use.

The second is, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me.”   The Holman Christian Standard Bible enhances that verse with its translation, “If I walk into the thick of danger, You will preserve my life from the anger of my enemies.”

What “enemies” do each of us encounter and respond to, each day?  Unbelief?  Infirmity?  Hopelessness?  Unworthiness?  And as we bring His Light and Truth to shine on each of those faces so that they  cringe backwards and begin to lose their grip as His brilliance reveals their true identity…there is often an angry grasping to hang on, maintain deception and influence.  Yet our wonderful Lord and Counselor both revives and preserves us in those struggles.

Lastly, “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me.”  The Holman translates it, “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.”

Paul uses a similar phrase when he addressed the Philippians, stating, “”For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus…and this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment…” (Phil. 1:6,9, NASB)

Real knowledge and all discernment.

…which enables us to walk with the certainty that “If God is for us, who is against us?” and “in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loves us.”  (Romans 8:31, 37, NASB)

Indeed, we are ideally positioned to proclaim as David did, “I will give You thanks with all my heart….”