Well might he glory before the idols and their worshippers when he had answers to prayer to look back upon. 3. 3. 6. Thou shalt strike them with thy left hand, and save me with thy right; so Tremellius senses it. Singing to the self. 2. If this glass be cracked, then the conceptions we have of God will misrepresent him unto us; whereas the word, in its native clearness, sets him out in all his glory unto our eye. The flask to the lips: "thou wilt revive me." Forsake not the works of thine own hands. Ver. We can take no cognizance of the doctrine that is conveyed from heaven to earth, when it has only come the length of excogitation in the mind of an apostle; and it is not till brought the farther length of expression, either by speech or by writing, that it comes into contact with us. For I hear from thine apostle, "By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. 2. He is said to be too stern, too terrible, and therefore "modern thought" displaces the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and sets up an effeminate deity of its own making. He felt that he had had such good things to say concerning God, such blessed words of God to make known, that even the kings of the earth, when they began to listen to him, would become attentive, and would even become converts, and begin to praise Jehovah with him. Nor is it the knowledge only of truth that we obtain, but the operation and efficacy of it on our souls. —Richard Rolle, 1340. Ver. Faith when displayed in cheerful courage, has about it a sacred contagion: others learn to believe in the Most High when they see his servant. 2. Psalms 138:6. The Psalmist's dismal excursion: walking "in the midst of trouble"; this is not a spectator, but one assailed. 6. In short our immediate concern is with, not what apostles conceive inwardly, but what they bring forth outwardly—not with the schemes or the systems which they have been made to apprehend, but with the books which they have written; and had the whole force and effect of this observation been sufficiently pondered, we feel persuaded that the advocates of a mitigated inspiration would not have dissevered, as they have done, the inspiration of sentiment from the inspiration of language. Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Right hand salvation. It was a bitter, earnest, eager prayer, as natural and as plaintive as the cry of a babe. Ver. The Lord answered it, but what answer can there be to a cry? Psalms 138:1. As a mirror, to reflect his glory. These eight Psalms are composed in the first person, and they follow very happily after the fifteen "Songs of Up goings", and the three Psalms of praise uttered by the chorus of those who have gone up to Sion. 8. —Charles Simeon, in Horae Homileticae. —E.W. I will...praise thy name for thy lovingkindness. Thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. Troubles—personal, social, ecclesiastical, national. And in proof of the same comes, finally, the near relationship in which it stands with the other Psalms of David, especially those which likewise refer to the promise of the everlasting kingdom; and with David's thanksgiving in 2 Samuel 7:1-29, the conclusion of which remarkably agrees with the conclusion of our Psalm: "And now, Lord God, the word which thou hast spoken upon thy servant and upon his house, that fulfil even to eternity, and do as thou hast spoken." 7. It may not be best for us that the trial should come to an end; it may be far more to our advantage that by its pressure we should learn patience. To the Chief Musician. As a fountain, from whence all his blessings emanate. And hard following upon it comes tenderness in action. Psalms 138:5 - And they will sing of the ways of the Lord , For great is the glory of the Lord . Material temple not yet built. DIVISION. Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Whoever edited and arranged these sacred poems, he had an eye to apposition and contrast; for if in Psalms 137:1-9 we see the need of silence before revilers, here we see the excellence of a brave confession. a) Lovingkindness in its universality, in its speciality. Ver. He has enough of them. on StudyLight.org 1. Ver. c) By exhibiting the strength in soul which was given in answer to prayer. By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept And both of these are shown by God to his own people. So be it. Forsake not the works of thine own hands. 2. The Chaldee has judges, the Syriac kings, and the earlier Greek fathers explain it as a reference to the choirs of Priests and Levites in the Temple. Hebrews 8:2 All worship through him. Be not wroth very sore, O LORD." Reverence the honoured word. The common version of this clause ("strengthenedst me with strength in my soul") contains a paronomasia not in the original, where the verb and noun have not even a letter in common. Ver. Speedy answers should have special praise: "In the when I cried, thou", etc. Ver. They are to be presented with an eye to God in Christ, for he is the temple: the place of divine indwelling, sacrifice, intercession, priesthood, oracle, and manifestation. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but the divine word will not pass away, and in this respect especially it has a preeminence over every other form of manifestation. He looks forward with comfort, in hopes, 1. Ver. A Psalm of David. The soul's noblest exercise: "worship", "praise.". AN EXPOSITION OF PSALM 139 by Charles H. Spurgeon One of the most notable of the sacred hymns. In the midst of trouble thou wilt revive me. Die Schatzkammer Davids - Eine Auslegung zu PSALM 138 von Charles Haddon Spurgeon aus dem Jahr 1885 ... See "Spurgeon's Sermons", No. He has no fellowship with them, but views them from a distance; he is not deceived, but knows the truth about them, despite their blustering; he has no respect unto them, but utterly abhors them. (Inspiration and some material taken from Charles Spurgeon’s sermon on Psalm 138:8) Sermon for 3/25/2007 In God’s Book We Are Going to Be Winners Psalm 138:8 Introduction: There was a perfect man who met a perfect woman. This is a dark sentence at the first view, but as a judicious expositor upon the place well observes, the words may be thus read, and will better agree with the Hebrew; "thou hast magnified thy name above all things, in thy word", that is, in fulfilling thy word thou hast magnified thy name above all things, in that thou hast fulfilled thy word. God has such respect unto the humble soul because it is a fruit of the Spirit inhabiting the soul, and an evidence of the soul's union with the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom alone we are accepted. Ver. 1-3. David vexed with rival gods, as we are with rival gospels. ). Why not complete? They are low in their own esteem, and he makes them high in his esteem. Sweet awakening to know the beauty of his face and strength of his hand! The LORD will perfect, etc. Ver. Ver. Psalm 138 is a declaration that even the kings of the nations will praise Yahweh. 2. Praise would be the main part of David's worship; the name or character of God the great object of his song; and the special point of his praise the grace and truth which shone so conspicuously in that name. 7. 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. When thy gospel is preached, and they know it, they shall count it their honour to honour thee. For this worship and praise are for ever due! —David Dickson. Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Someone has said that there are few in heaven who wore crowns on earth; and I am afraid it is true that, of all who are crowned on earth, few ever get to that land where all are kings and priests unto God. If the burden was not removed, yet strength was given wherewith to bear it, and this is an equally effective method of help. 1. And then ascend to heaven, and behold the myriads of the redeemed around the throne of God, uniting their hallelujahs to God and to the Lamb: to this state were they all brought by that blessed word, which alone could ever prevail for so great a work. enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. Ver. 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. Psalms 138 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this seven volume magnum opus was first published in weekly installments in The Sword and the Trowel Hi, Sign out. He shall not make his boast of God in vain: he shall be kept alive, and made more alive than ever. Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. 2. d) Realizing God himself, for it is to God he speaks. They are found in this part of the psalter, in consequence of having been made the basis, or rather the body, of a system or series (Psalms 135:1-21; Psalms 136:1-26; Psalms 137:1-9; Psalms 138:1-8; Psalms 139:1-24; Psalms 140:1-13; Psalms 141:1-10; Psalms 142:1-7; Psalms 143:1-12; Psalms 144:1-15; Psalms 145:1-21; Psalms 146:1-10) by a later writer. I will worship toward thy holy temple. 2. They know whence they came out. The worshipper's contemplation. —Ebenezer Erskine. 3. 1. The LORD hath respect unto the lowly. In the day when I cried thou answerest me. —J.W. A strengthened soul is sometimes the best answer to prayer: "Strengthened me with strength.". It is his word which creates, sustains, quickens, enlightens, and comforts. They "walk in the midst" of them; faint, yet pursuing; sometimes they "run with patience", etc. Before the gods, etc. Ver. Condescension of thought marks all the dealings of God with his people. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Look over the face of the globe, and see how many, who were once under the unrestrained dominion of sin, are now transformed into the image of their God. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/psalms-138.html. Ver. The word is the glass in which we see God, and seeing him are changed into his likeness by his Spirit. Perhaps when the Lord sends us a King David to preach, we shall yet see monarchs converted and hear their voices raised in devout adoration. Still, however, the benefits derived from them are only temporal; whereas those which the inspired volume imparts are spiritual and eternal; from whence we derive all our knowledge of Divine truth, and all our hopes of everlasting salvation. These eight Psalms are the devout Israelite's Manual of private prayer and praise. ", 2. 3. —Zigabenus, in Neale and Littledale. ", Ver. This mysterious transaction having taken place in the incarnation and death of the Lord Jesus Christ, we behold all the perfections of God united and harmonizing in a way that they never did, or could, by any other means: we see justice more inexorable, than if it had executed vengeance on the whole human race; and mercy more abundant, than if it had spared the human race without any such atonement. Psalms 138 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is from the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history, Charles Haddon Spurgeon David, the king, cared for kings' souls, and it will be wise for each man to look first after those who are of his own order. Every man has a standard to which he may refer, for the rectifying of his judgment in every particular: so that nothing can be added for the instruction of our minds, or the regulation of our future expectations. One who was a scoffer met a humble child of God one morning, and he said to him, “Tell me, is your God a great God or a little God,” and the poor man said, “Sir, he is both, for, though he is so great that the heaven of heavens cannot contain him, yet he makes himself so little that he condescends to dwell in my poor heart.” Ah, it was sweetly said. When therefore it is said, The Lord knoweth a proud man afar off, it shows his disdain of him: he will scarce touch him with a pair of tongs (as we say); he cannot abide to come near him. "In the mount God will be seen." Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: That is a sweet text. The swine are trampling on the pearls at this time, and nothing restrains them; nevertheless, the pearls are pearls still, and shall yet shine about our Monarch's brow. Ver. ; but this interpretation, too, seems to give no special force to the passage. Thou strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. In full confidence David is prepared to own his God before the gods of the heathen, or before angels or rulers (Psalms 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 (Psalms 138:4-5). 2. Accordingly, it is to the doctrine in afflux, that is to the word, that we are bidden to yield ourselves. This may refer to the Incarnate Word, the Son of God, who was called "the Word." Read Psalm 138 commentary using The Treasury of David. Spurgeon's wife said that if Spurgeon had never written any other work, this would have been a permanent literary memorial. Certainty of promises. For whatever good works there be of mine, from thee are they to me; and so they are more thine than mine. In his great palace he makes her "windows of agates", and all her "borders of pleasant stones.". Thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. As a word of command it is supreme; and in the person of the incarnate Word it is set above all the works of God's hands. But the proud he knoweth afar off. God, as the Heavenly Father, takes an interest in everything about his people; he takes this interest in matters which they think beneath his notice, or of which they, from their ignorance, do not know the importance. Of the blessed Jesus it is said, that "though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich": 2 Corinthians 8:9. Who can tell the depths to which God condescends in loving thought? 7. The grace of God makes a man thoughtful, and leads him to concern about himself, his life, his future, and the completeness of the work of grace. The proud he knoweth afar off. The sweet singer rehearses his assurance of salvation, and sings of it in the ears of the Lord, addressing him with this confident language. God's wisdom is never at a loss; but when providences are darkest, then the morning star of deliverance appears. And truly it is no more than needs, if we consider the temptations of our afflicted condition; we are prone then to be suspicious that our best friends forget us, and to think every stay a delay, and neglect of us; therefore God chooseth to show himself most kind at such a time. Answers to prayer should be noted and acknowledged: "Thou answeredst me.". Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me. Thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. It may be when there are some extraordinary works of God in the world, thunder and lightning, etc., we are ready to be afraid, and oh! Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 138 and more! Ver. 3. Psalms 138:3. In many other psalms David declared his innocence, especially in comparison to his enemies – but not in this psalm. He will be interested about her babe; if she commit it to him, he who made the universe will, with his infinite mind, think upon her cradle and the helpless creature that is rocked to sleep therein. David himself rehearses the words of Jehovah. Bitterness is forbidden, and controversy is apt to advertise the heresy; the very best method is to go on personally worshipping the Lord with unvarying zeal, singing with heart and voice his royal praises. Ver. 2. He hath respect unto the lowly. TITLE. Ver. See preceding verses. In greatness, dignity, and power, Jehovah is higher than the highest. A pure influx into the mind of an apostle is no sufficient guarantee for the instruction of the world, unless there be a pure afflux also; for not the doctrine that has flowed in, but the doctrine that has flowed out, is truly all that we have to do with. The idol gods had their temples; but David averts his glance from them, and looks earnestly to the spot chosen of the Lord for his own sanctuary. There is nothing left to conjecture. Therein we have good company, good accommodation, good prospects, good daylight. His perfecting us. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tod/psalms-138.html. —James Anderson's Note to Calvin in loc. And Luther's usual prayer was, Confirm, O God, in us that thou hast wrought, and perfect the work that thou hast begun in us, to thy glory. Great blessings, beyond all doubt, flow down to us through the works of Creation and Providence: in fact, they are incessantly administering to our welfare; for "God opens his hands, and fills all things living with plenteousness." Ver. This psalm of thanksgiving — one of those songs that was composed after its author had come through a rather tight scrape — offers praise to the Lord in response to an experience of deliverance. Utterances of national devotion choristers in God 's work in me undone had seen the... 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