Psalm 138 is written by David and focuses on thanksgiving. “I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your 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”. David gives thanks to God from the bottom of his heart. This isn’t a superficial thank you. David is grateful for the deliverance God has granted him and gets right to the point. It isn’t just a ‘thanks God’ moment, but a heartfelt and deep thank you from deep within.
God has been faithful, not only to David, but to all for all generations. David has a specific act in mind here when he says “On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased”. God is a God of action in our lives. He isn’t some idealistic pie in the sky thought, but the Creator of the universe and the great and mighty Controller of all things. David knew God in that way, as One who not only heard prayers, but acted. He says ‘I prayed, You answered’. We can experience that same relationship with God if we walk faithfully with Him.
David goes on to define exactly what is going to happen in the future. God not only is God, but will be recognized as such someday. “All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord”. He writes it as a fact, and indeed it will be so. God is above all; be they kings, presidents, rulers, dictators, or any other kind of leader. He alone sits on the throne of this universe. He will be worshipped and thanked when His day comes.
The psalm ends with this reality – God is our protector and guides our life. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life….The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever”. Scripture never promises life will be easy. But it does tell us we won’t walk it alone. God will be there, and He will take care of us. He also has a plan for our lives, a very specific, unique and personal plan that will come to fruition. He fulfills His purpose for each of us. Not necessarily what we want, but what He has ordained to be our purpose. How do we know? Because His love lasts forever. It goes on to eternity. It never fails!