Psalms 138:1-3

Of David.

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.

Psalms 138:1-3 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 138

\\<>\\. This psalm is generally thought to have been written by David upon his being advanced to the throne; on account of which he praises the Lord, who had supported him under many exercises, and had made good his promise to him, at least in part; and he firmly believed the accomplishment of the rest, that he would perfect what concerned him, Ps 138:8. It seems as if this psalm was composed between his being king over Judah and over all Israel. Though Theodoret understands the psalm as a thanksgiving of the Jews upon their return from Babylon, which David prophesied of. The Syriac version calls it a thanksgiving with a prophecy; as indeed it is a prophecy of the Messiah's kingdom, and of the calling of the Gentiles in the latter day, as appears from Ps 138:4.

Psalms 138:1-3 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.
6 Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.

Cross References 10

  • 1. Psalms 95:3; Psalms 96:4
  • 2. Psalms 27:6; Psalms 108:1
  • 3. S 1 Kings 8:29; S Psalms 5:7; Psalms 28:2
  • 4. Psalms 74:21; Psalms 97:12; Psalms 140:13
  • 5. Psalms 108:4; Psalms 115:1
  • 6. Psalms 119:9; Isaiah 42:21
  • 7. Psalms 18:6; Psalms 30:2; Psalms 99:6; Psalms 116:4
  • 8. S Psalms 118:5
  • 9. Proverbs 28:1; S Acts 4:29
  • 10. Psalms 28:7
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