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Psalm 138[a]

Hymn of a Grateful Heart

Of David.


I thank you, Lord, with all my heart;(A)
    in the presence of the angels[b] to you I sing.
I bow low toward your holy temple;
    I praise your name for your mercy and faithfulness.
For you have exalted over all
    your name and your promise.
On the day I cried out, you answered;
    you strengthened my spirit.


All the kings of earth will praise you, Lord,
    when they hear the words of your mouth.
They will sing of the ways of the Lord:
    “How great is the glory of the Lord!”
The Lord is on high, but cares for the lowly(B)
    and knows the proud from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of dangers,
    you guard my life when my enemies rage.
You stretch out your hand;
    your right hand saves me.
The Lord is with me to the end.
    Lord, your mercy endures forever.
    Never forsake the work of your hands!


  1. Psalm 138 A thanksgiving to God, who came to the rescue of the psalmist. Divine rescue was not the result of the psalmist’s virtues but of God’s loving fidelity (Ps 138:1–3). The act is not a private transaction but a public act that stirs the surrounding nations to praise God’s greatness and care for the people (Ps 138:4–6). The psalmist, having experienced salvation, trusts that God will always be there in moments of danger (Ps 138:7–8).
  2. 138:1 In the presence of the angels: heavenly beings who were completely subordinate to Israel’s God. The earthly Temple represents the heavenly palace of God.

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