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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 138

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: Giving Thanks for Answered Prayer (v 1-8)

Psalms 138 Commentary 
(138:1-3) Giving Thanks - Thanksgiving should be an integral part of our praise to God. This theme is woven throughout the book of Psalms. As we praise and thank God for material and spiritual blessings, we should also thank him for answering our prayers. Remember when you asked God for protection, strength, comfort, patience, love, or some other particular need and he supplied what you asked? Say, "Thank you, Lord" rather than taking God's provision and answered prayers for granted. 138:1 "Before the gods" may mean in the presence of subordinate heavenly beings (angels), or, more likely, it may be a statement ridiculing the kings or gods of the pagan nations. Our God is the supreme ruler of all the earth.
(138:8) Dreams and Plans - Every person dreams and makes plans for the future. Then we work hard to see those dreams and plans come true. But to make the most of life, we must align our plans with God's plan. He alone knows what is best for us; he alone can fulfill his purpose for us. As you make plans and dream dreams, talk with God about them.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Dependance on Our Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 138. In our text today we see theme of Thanksgiving for answered prayer as God works out His Plan for our lives. In making application we see that God brings us through the difficulties we face in our lives. Today we live in a world that is cursed by sin and we see more that ever we need a Savior. How about you? Do you see the need for a savior? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that our Lord hears us and brings us through lifes challenging circumstances so we can rest in Him, trusting Him to bring us through lifes challenges.


Psalm 138

Psalm 138

 1I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

 2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

 3In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

 4All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.

 5Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.

 6Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

 7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

 8The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.