I loved letting these words of David wash over me this morning from Psalm 138.
1 I will praise you, O 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 love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
3 When I called, you answered me;
you made me bold and stouthearted.
4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, O LORD,
when they hear the words of your mouth.
5 May they sing of the ways of the LORD,
for the glory of the LORD is great.
6 Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly,
but the proud he knows 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.
8 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.
A few observations:
- People hear God’s voice. In verse three David speaks of God answering him when he called to God. And it isn’t just someone like David; instead, he asks that all the kings will praise God when they hear His voice.
- We can find ourselves serving other gods if we aren’t careful and must always give all our praise and all our heart to God (verse 1).
- No matter our circumstances God is faithful to save us (verse 7). We shouldn’t get caught up in fear or doubt God no matter how dark things appear to be. His faithfulness exceeds any power of darkness.
- The Lord will fulfill His purpose for you. Period. You may have lost hope because of something that has happened in your life, but God’s purpose for you will be fulfilled. Whatever purpose He has spoken into your life will come to pass – you can bank on it. Put your hope in Him!
I love how this Psalm, in God’s divine plan, falls right before Psalm 139, where David sings of how we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that all our steps and words are known by the Father, planned out perfectly. It reminds me also of Ephesians 2:10, where we are told that we have good works planned out by the Father in advance, ready for us to do.
Don’t lose hope – walk in the Truth and knowledge that God has a plan for you and He will see it fulfilled. Have you ever stopped and asked Him what His plan is for your life? If you haven’t, or if you haven’t in a long time, please stop everything else right now and ask Him. Wait on Him to answer and then go for it with all your heart, soul and mind!