Heartfelt praise for Jehovah’s Great Promise 

David pens a most unusual second verse. The Name of God speaks not only of what He is, but also of what He has done. What He does is one means by which He makes Himself known. But God magnifies His word above all other means of revelation. It is greater than any inherent knowledge; the imprint of His wisdom and power in creation; and also the works of His providence. God has set His prophetic word in such pre-eminence, that His Name stands or falls by its fulfilment. If He is a God that cannot lie, then His integrity and glory rest upon the word that He has spoken. 

The psalm prophesies of Christ and His kingdom, and the ingathering of the Gentile kings of the earth. Christ, the Word, lived by that word, and trusted in it, even in the midst of trouble and enemies.

Psalm 138

 1  Thee will I praise with all my heart,
       I will sing praise to thee
 2  Before the gods: And worship will
       toward thy sanctuary.

    I'll praise thy name, ev'n for thy truth,
       and kindness of thy love;
    For thou thy word hast magnified
       all thy great name above.

 3  Thou didst me answer in the day
       when I to thee did cry;
    And thou my fainting soul with strength
       didst strengthen inwardly.

 4  All kings upon the earth that are
       shall give thee praise, O Lord,
    When as they from thy mouth shall hear
       thy true and faithful word.

 5  Yea, in the righteous ways of God
       with gladness they shall sing:
    For great's the glory of the Lord;
       who doth for ever reign.

 6  Though God be high, yet he respects
       all those that lowly be;
    Whereas the proud and lofty ones
       afar off knoweth he.

 7  Though I in midst of trouble walk,
       I life from thee shall have:
    'Gainst my foes' wrath thou'lt stretch thine hand;
       thy right hand shall me save.

 8  Surely that which concerneth me
       the Lord will perfect make:
    Lord, still thy mercy lasts; do not
       thine own hands' works forsake.

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