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The Divine Presence

By King David

138 I thank you, Lord, and with all the passion of my heart
    I worship you in the presence of angels![a]
    Heaven’s mighty ones will hear my voice
    as I sing my loving praise to you.
I bow down before your divine presence
    and bring you my deepest worship
    as I experience your tender love and your living truth.
    For your Word and the fame of your name
    have been magnified above all else![b]
At the very moment I called out to you, you answered me!
    You strengthened me deep within my soul
    and breathed fresh courage into me.
One day all the kings of the earth
    will rise to give you thanks when they hear the living words
    that I have heard you speak.
They too will sing of your wonderful ways,
    for your ineffable glory is great!
For though you are lofty and exalted,
    you stoop to embrace the lowly.
    Yet you keep your distance from those filled with pride.
By your mighty power I can walk through any devastation,
    and you will keep me alive, reviving me.
    Your power set me free from the hatred of my enemies.
You keep every promise you’ve ever made to me!
    Since your love for me is constant and endless,
    I ask you, Lord, to finish every good thing that you’ve begun in me!


  1. 138:1 Or “gods.” The Hebrew elohim is literally “mighty ones” and can refer to either angels or the gods of the heathen.
  2. 138:2 Or “You have exalted your Word above all your name.”

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