Psalms 138:3

3 As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.

Psalms 138:3 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 138:3

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me
When in distress through Saul's persecution, he cried to the Lord, and he immediately answered him, and delivered him out of his troubles; and such immediate answers of prayer are to be remembered with thankfulness: see ( Psalms 18:6 ) ( Isaiah 65:24 ) ;

[and] strengthenedst me [with] strength in my soul;
put him good heart and spirit, when before ready to faint; strengthened his heart and grace in it, particularly faith, and drew it forth into lively act and exercise so that he sunk not under the weight of affliction and trouble, but was filled with courage to withstand his enemies, and with strength to do the will and work of God; this is to be understood of inward spiritual strength; see ( Ephesians 3:16 ) .

Psalms 138:3 In-Context

1 I give you thanks, O LORD, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods.
2 I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.
3 As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.
4 Every king in all the earth will thank you, LORD, for all of them will hear your words.
5 Yes, they will sing about the LORD ’s ways, for the glory of the LORD is very great.