Psalms 138

* The psalmist praises God for answering prayer. (1-5) The

Lord's dealing with the humble and the proud. (6-8)1-5 When we can praise God with our whole heart, we need not be

unwilling for the whole world to witness our gratitude and joy

in him. Those who rely on his loving-kindness and truth through

Jesus Christ, will ever find him faithful to his word. If he

spared not his own Son, how shall he not with him freely give us

all things? If God gives us strength in our souls, to bear the

burdens, resist the temptations, and to do the duties of an

afflicted state, if he strengthens us to keep hold of himself by

faith, and to wait with patience for the event, we are bound to

be thankful.
6-8 Though the Lord is high, yet he has respect to every lowly,

humbled sinner; but the proud and unbelieving will be banished

far from his blissful presence. Divine consolations have enough

in them to revive us, even when we walk in the midst of

troubles. And God will save his own people that they may be

revived by the Holy Spirit, the Giver of life and holiness. If

we give to God the glory of his mercy, we may take to ourselves

the comfort. This confidence will not do away, but quicken

prayer. Whatever good there is in us, it is God works in us both

to will and to do. The Lord will perfect the salvation of every

true believer, and he will never forsake those whom he has

created anew in Christ Jesus unto good works
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