138:1 «[A Psalm] of David.» I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the a gods will I sing praise unto thee.
(a) Even in the presence of angels and of them
who have authority among men.
138:2 I will worship toward thy holy b
temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou
hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
(b) Both the temple and ceremonial service at
Christ's coming were abolished: so that now God will be worshipped only in
spirit and truth, (John
138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me,
[and] c strengthenedst me [with]
strength in my soul.
(c) You have strengthened me against my outward
and inward enemies.
138:4 All the d
kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy
(d) All the world will confess that you have
wonderfully preserved me, and performed your promise.
138:6 Though the LORD [be]
high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth e
(e) Distance of place cannot hinder God to show
mercy to his, and so judge the wicked though they think that he is far off.
138:8 The LORD will f
perfect [that which] concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, [endureth] for ever:
forsake not the works of thine own hands.
(f) Though my enemies rage, yet the Lord, who has
begun his work in me, will continue his grace to the end.