138 With all my heart I praise you, Lord. In the presence of angels[a] I sing your praises. 2 I worship at your holy temple and praise you for your love and your faithfulness. You were true to your word and made yourself more famous than ever before.[b] 3 When I asked for your help, you answered my prayer and gave me courage.[c]
4 All kings on this earth have heard your promises, Lord, and they will praise you. 5 You are so famous that they will sing about the things you have done. 6 Though you are above us all, you care for humble people, and you keep a close watch on everyone who is proud.
7 I am surrounded by trouble, but you protect me against my angry enemies. With your own powerful arm you keep me safe.
8 You, Lord, will always treat me with kindness. Your love never fails. You have made us what we are. Don’t give up on us now![d]
138.1angels: Or “gods” or “supernatural beings” who worship and serve God in heaven or “rulers” or “leaders.”
138.2You were. . . before: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
138.3and gave me courage: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
138.8You have. . . now: Or “Please don’t desert your people.”
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