Psalms 138:3

3 On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.

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 my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.
3 On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.
5 They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Syr Compare Gk Tg: Heb [you made me arrogant in my soul with strength]
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