Psalms 138:4

4 Every king in all the earth will thank you, LORD, for all of them will hear your words.

Psalms 138:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 138:4

All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord
Or "let [them] confess", or "praise thee" F19; a wish or prayer. Not only the kings known to David, as Kimchi limits it; or that lived in his days, as Hiram and others; but in the latter day, when they shall come to Zion, the church, and be nursing fathers to it, and shall serve and worship the King Messiah, ( Isaiah 49:23 ) ( Isaiah 60:3 Isaiah 60:11 Isaiah 60:16 ) ( Psalms 72:10 Psalms 72:11 ) ;

when they hear the words of thy mouth;
either the promises of it fulfilled not only with respect to David; but the Messiah, and his church and people, in the latter day, even the glorious things spoken thereof: or the doctrines of the Gospel, which are the words of his mouth, and more desirable than thousands of gold and silver; and which, when kings shall hear so as to understand, they will praise the Lord for them; see ( Isaiah 52:15 ) . The Targum is,

``the words of thy praise.''


FOOTNOTES:

F19 (Kwdwy) "confiteantur tibi", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus.

Psalms 138:4 In-Context

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.
6 Though the LORD is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.