Psalm 138

Give Thanks to the Lord

Of David.

b I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before c the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down d toward your e holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word. 1
3 On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased. 2

4 f All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
5 and they shall sing of g the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 h For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.

7 i Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you j preserve my life;
you k stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your l right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will m fulfill his purpose for me;
n your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake o the work of your hands.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 111:1
    Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 95:3
    For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
    Psalms 96:5
    For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 28:2
    Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.
    1 Kings 8:29
    That your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you have said, 'My name shall be there,' that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 5:7
    But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 102:15
    Nations will fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 103:7
    He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 131:1
    O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
    Proverbs 3:34
    Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.
    Luke 1:48
    For he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.
    James 4:6
    But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
    Psalms 113:5 - 6
    Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 23:4
    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 71:20
    You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.
  10. Cross References
    1 Samuel 24:6
    He said to his men, "The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord 's anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord 's anointed.
    Job 1:12
    And the Lord said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand." So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 60:5
    That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us!
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 57:2
    I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
    Philippians 1:6
    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 136:1
    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
    1 Chronicles 16:41
    With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 100:3
    Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Previous Book Next Book