November 7, 2018

Psalm 138 has been one of my ‘go to’ psalms when I need to be encouraged.

Verse one can always happen because of what the Psalmist knows which comes out in verse 8.

Psalm 138:1 (NLT) — 1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods.

Psalm 138:8 (NLT) — 8 The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

Knowing that God’s love for me always leads Him to work out his plans for my life leads me to praise him with my mouth. The plans must be good because they come from a heart of love.

Psalm 138:2 (NLT) — 2 I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.

We can’t always carry out what we promise but God can. Sickness can interrupt our promise as well as loss of money, traffic jams, unforeseen emergencies, the weather, change of mind, heart and attitude, etc. But our God is not subject to any of these promise killers. His name on something means that it will happen just like he said.

Psalm 138:3 (NLT) — 3 As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.

It is not always the situation that needs to be changed, many times it is the person involved in the situation.

Psalm 138:4–5 (NLT) — 4 Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord, for all of them will hear your words. 5 Yes, they will sing about the Lord’s ways, for the glory of the Lord is very great.

As David prayed for the nations, and remember a lot of those kings were his enemies, this reminds me to pray for my neighbors and my nation. Pray that they will come to the point in their lives where they will give thanks to the Lord. Pray that this Thanksgiving Day will be about thanking Jesus for all that he has done.

Psalm 138:6 (NLT) — 6 Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.

This shatters the myth of “God helps those who help themselves.” Our world is in the shape its in because too many people have been helping themselves. God helps those who realize that they can’t help themselves and they humble themselves and turn to Him for His help.

Psalm 138:7 (NLT) — 7 Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.

Our Lord has a lot invested in us. We are his masterpiece. He has chosen us, bought us with the blood of Jesus, redeemed us, justified us, sanctified us and is preparing a home for us in heaven. We are precious to Him so of course he will save us.

Be Inspired Hilltop!