Psalms 138:3

3 When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.

Psalms 138:3 in Other Translations

3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
3 On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.
3 As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.
3 The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.
3 On the day I called, You answered me; You increased strength within me.

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 will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame.
3 When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.
4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, LORD, when they hear what you have decreed.
5 May they sing of the ways of the LORD, for the glory of the LORD is great.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 18:6; Psalms 30:2; Psalms 99:6; Psalms 116:4
  • 2. S Psalms 118:5
  • 3. Proverbs 28:1; S Acts 4:29
  • 4. Psalms 28:7
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