I will Praise You, Lord

At times when we feel a disconnect from God, we can feel lost, our anchor adrift and the silence that comes when we are not communing with God as we should can be soul crushing. In those moments, clarity of who truly is the solid rock on which we stand comes into focus.

Psalms are like a lifeline to me in those moments, they help me stay focused on God, voicing words that I struggle to find and remind me of His constant presence.

Psalm 138 is a psalm written by David when he was in less than ideal circumstances. David praised, thanked God and expressed an assurance that God will work out all according to His plan and also that which will be good for him.

When our soul is weary, praise can very easily slip out of or be minimised in our regular conversation with God. Our prayers get more inundated with pleas and petitions. This beautiful Psalm is a reminder to never cease to praise God, to not tie how much we praise Him based on our situation or our emotion. The Lord is worthy of praise all day and every day. We are to praise God when our hearts are filled with joy or heavy with a burden not because of what He can do for us but just because of who He is.

Psalm 138:1 “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.”

David begins the Psalm with a determined proclamation that he will praise God with all of His heart. He holds nothing back in his praise, these are not empty words from David but genuine heartfelt praise. There is also joy in that praise when he says he will sing God’s praises. Joyful praise in the midst of a trial is a humbling lesson for us to take.

Verse 2a “I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name” – an outward act of praise and worship. This act of worship comes after he mentions his heart posture when it comes to praising God. It was not a bowing for others to see but a genuine follow through of how he felt within.

Verse 2b and 3 “For your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted above all things your name and your word. When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.”

David mentions the reasons for his praise

  • For who God is – a loving and faithful God
  • For God’s name and word – There is power in the name of God. God’s word reminds David of God’s truth, His character and His promises, giving him hope for his protection and deliverance.
  • For God providing him with what he needed in the midst of his situation – strength, courage and a boldness to hold onto hope. His circumstance was not yet changed, neither his enemies quietened, but God’s provision was a means for David to grow stronger in his faith, to take him deeper in his dependence on God and for an increase in trust and assurance that God will never leave or forsake him.

Verse 4-5 “May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth. May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great.”

David wishes for a time ahead where all kings would praise God. He probably is looking forward to a time when the kingdom of God would be established.

But as I read this verse, it also felt very much like a prayer for the very same people who are after his life, for them to know the Lord too.  

And how would they come to know God? It would be through others who would speak the word of God to them. And that they would find joy in praising God for His ways, for there is no one greater.

When we praise God, it helps us let go of that burden of hate that we can carry. It helps us forgive and realise that it should not be punishment for those that hurt us that we should seek but a heart change that can come only with God within them.

Verse 6 “Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.”

The Lord regards the humble and invites them into fellowship and a relationship with Him. He does not draw near to the proud. Reminding us that God sees the heart of a person. Our acts or behaviour of goodness and humility should be an extension of what is within us and should be an outflow of His presence within us.

Verse 7 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.”

David embodies a confidence in God’s presence and protection right in the midst of his valley moments. He acknowledges that it is God alone who preserves his life. His skill, intellect or those that fight with him are given by God for David. He also describes a very personal way in which God himself protects him when he mentions God stretching out His right hand to protect him. What a blessed feeling to know that the Lord looks after us in such a manner.  

Verse 8 “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, Lord, endures forever, do not abandon the works of your hands.

This verse is a prayer that the faithfulness and love of God which he praises in earlier verses will truly ‘endure forever’ and along with that prayer is an assurance of that forever. There is an ultimate surrender to align his life and his purpose to that which God has planned for him. Through all that we go through, as long as we surrender to Him, God shapes us and He continues to work on us until we go home to be with Him.

God’s goodness never ceases and neither should our praise. May our hearts, our words and our actions overflow with praise to the one who alone is worthy of all praise.

God Bless.

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  1. Our praise should not be too heavily tied to our emotions. For God is worth praising 24/7. Thank you for this thought, Manu. I must admit, I fluctuate in my praise too much. The back and forth between God and His child should be as reliable as flipping on a light switch. Psalm 138:8 is one of my all time favorites verses. Ephesians 2:10 is another. Both say that God has a life of good works already lined up for us to do.

    God’s best to you.

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  2. Praise is such an important part of our walk with God. As you mentioned, we praise God for who He is, not just what He has done. He is worthy of our praise. Life is better when our hearts are filled with praises to our God. Thanks for this inspiring post! ❤️

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  3. Thank you for this lovely reminder. It can be too easy to forget to praise God, especially when we are facing something difficult. Our thoughts are quickly filled with fear, instead of faith. I especially love what you said about, “God’s goodness never ceases and neither should our praise.” Yes! So true. It would help us walk through tough times if we remember this. God is always there, right beside us. Thank you for this encouragement! Blessings, dear friend! ❤

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    1. Absolutely, praising God helps me so much when I am going through something difficult. It keeps my hope in Him strong and helps me wait on Him with a much better heart attitude.
      Thank you so much Bridget
      Blessings to you too, dear friend 💙

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  4. This is such a lovely post. Thank you for the reminder to be intentional about praising Him. We benefit so much when we do so, because God is generous and blesses us in it! Thanks again, Manu! You are an encouragement to me!

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  5. Oh, what a rich post this is, full of wisdom and truth! I love the Psalms for their reminders of how worthy our God is of praise, whatever our circumstances. I have held onto them many times in my life and most definitely have been in this current season. Thank you for a most welcome reminder, my friend! ❤

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  6. Manu, what a beautiful post!
    David praised God in all situations, with song, psalms, and prayers. He poured out his heart to the Lord. Oh, how the Lord loves and provides for us! It is important that we make time to Praise God!
    Cyber hugs and blessings! 💖🌼🌺

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  7. I love how you put it, ‘when we praise God it helps us let go of the burden of hate’
    It is a deliverance of its own from the wickedness of our deceitful heart that only takes place when we choose to praise God. It aligns our heart to the character of God.
    You are a serious blessing Manu💜

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  8. This is such a wonderful post Manu. Not a surprise! You’re gift for teaching God’s word, in a reassuring and easy to understand way, is very evident! Praise God for that. It’s wonderful when all the parts of the church work together in harmony, so keep teaching and reassuring us. ❤

    These words here are particularly wonderful to me:

    “David praised, thanked God and expressed an assurance that God will work out all according to His plan and also that which will be good for him.

    When our soul is weary, praise can very easily slip out of or be minimised in our regular conversation with God. Our prayers get more inundated with pleas and petitions.”

    I so understand this. Praise has been so difficult for me especially when my depression and anxiety was at it’s worst. I even had to stop reading Scripture for a time because my anxiety confused me and I couldn’t figure out whether I should be encouraged or convicted by a verse. With my anxiety I was more apt to feel convicted.

    Then my emotions were so flat that praise was so far from my tongue. All I could do was keep asking God for help even when I didn’t understand why life had to feel so terrible. I’m picking up. Still having some sleep issues, but thankfully my depression is easing and I’m slowly getting closer to God again. Giving Him more praise and honor will definitely be part of my story. He us definitely helping me to get there. That is something worthy of my praise. So praise God indeed. 🙂❤

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    1. Aww thank you so much for your very kind and encouraging words Tina. They mean a lot.
      I am glad that you are feeling better and even though you just were not in a place to praise God you called to Him for help and that is an important step in holding onto Him during those times.
      Remember that we do not have to strive to hold onto Him ( we cannot in our own strength), but we just need to raise our hands to Him and He will grab our hands, firm and strong and pull us towards Him.
      He is holding onto you and not letting go.
      Blessings to you my friend 💙

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