June 6, 2021

Psalm 138

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Summer in the Psalms: Psalm 138

Message Outline

Psalm 138 (NIV)

1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; 

before the “gods” I will sing your praise. 

2 I will bow down toward your holy temple 

and will praise your name 

  for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, 

 for you have so exalted your solemn decree 

  that it surpasses your fame. 

3 When I called, you answered me; 

you greatly emboldened me. 

4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord, 

when they hear what you have decreed. 

5 May they sing of the ways of the Lord, 

for the glory of the Lord is great. 

6 Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; 

though lofty, he sees them from afar. 

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, 

you preserve my life. 

 You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; 

with your right hand you save me. 

8 The Lord will vindicate me; 

your love, Lord, endures forever— 

 do not abandon the works of your hands. 

Our response of worship for

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart… I will sing your praise… I will bow down…praise your name 

1. Who God is. 

...for your unfailing love and your faithfulness… your fame


  • Who are the “gods” in my life?

2. What God has done.

...he looks kindly on the lowly; he sees them from afar


When I called, you answered me… you greatly emboldened me… Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life… You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes… with your right hand you save me. 

3.- In the midst of real life.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. 


“The dominant ideology of our culture is committed to continuity and success and the avoidance of pain, hurt, and loss. The dominant culture is also resistant to genuine newness and real surprise. It is curious but true, that surprise is as unwelcome as loss. And our culture is organized to prevent the experience of both. —Walter Brueggemann, The Message of the Psalms: A theological commentary


  • Where have I experienced trouble? Loss, grief, disappointment?


  • Where has God preserved my life? New life? Hope? Surprise?