July 24, 2022

Summer in the Psalms Psalm 138


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Message Outline

Psalm 138

Of David.

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.



In your time alone with God in scripture reflection, solitude, prayer and journaling, begin with a breath prayer like "Holy Spirit, come," or listen to a song from the playlist. This summer we are focusing on one Psalm per week. Consider using one or more of the practices to reflect on the Psalm.

  • Journaling: Write out the Psalm in your journal. Make notes in the margins to amplify or clarify words. Be creative with doodling, drawing, highlighting words or phrases, collaging with cut-out words or pictures. Take your journal with you wherever you go this summer. At the end of the summer you will have a journal full of your own reflections, thoughts and prayers!
  • Reading: Take time to slowly read aloud the Psalm. What words or phrases stand out to you? What questions do you have? What feelings arise in you? Which physical response seems appropriate: hands raised or open? head bowed or lifted? standing or seated?
  • Memorizing: Commit to memorizing one or more verses.
  • Praying: How does this Psalm inspire praise, confession, lament, gratitude, or guidance for yourself, others or the world?