Psalm 138

1. Promised worship from the heart – vs.1-2

a.   Why does the Psalmist praise God before the gods?

b.   What does the Psalmist praise God for?

2. Purposeful prayer for the soul – vs.3

What did the Psalmist receive when he prayed?

3. Prophetic hope for the future – vs.4-5

When will “all the kings” sing praise to God?

Philippians 2:9-11

“And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.” Revelation 21:24

4. Perplexing realities of the present – vs.6-7

What problems does the Psalmist confront?

What help does the Psalmist expect?

5.  Perfecting help from the LORD – vs.8

Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

How should this Psalm influence our prayers tonight?

Selected Quotation:

“TITLE. A Psalm of David. This Psalm is wisely placed. Whoever edited and arranged these sacred poems, he had an eye to apposition and contrast; for if in Ps 137:1-9 we see the need of silence before revilers, here we see the excellence of a brave confession. There is a time to be silent, lest we cast pearls before swine; and there is a time to speak openly, lest we be found guilty of cowardly not confessing. The Psalm is evidently of a Davidic character, exhibiting all the fidelity, courage, and decision of that King of Israel and Prince of Psalmists. Of course the critics have tried to rend the authorship from David on account of the mention of the temple, though it so happens that in one of the Psalms which is allowed to be David’s the same word occurs. Many modern critics are to the word of God what blowflies are to the food of men: they cannot do any good, and unless relentlessly driven away they do great harm.”

“ DIVISION. In full confidence David is prepared to own his God before the gods of the heathen, or before angels or rulers (Ps 138:1-3); he declares that he will instruct and convert kings and nations, till on very highway men shall sing the praises of the Lord (Ps 138:4-5).  Having thus spoken, he utters his personal confidence in Jehovah, who will help his lowly servant, and preserve him from all the malice of wrathful foes.”

C. H. Spurgeon


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