Psalm 138 – Give Thanks To the Lord

Moses makes the tabernacle in the wilderness -- Exodus 35-40.

Moses makes the tabernacle in the wilderness — Exodus 35-40.

This is another psalm of David to which there has been dispute concerning the authorship – mainly because of this one’s reference to the Lord’s Holy Temple. It seems clear, however, that the psalmist could just as easily be referring to the Tabernacle as to Solomon’s temple – the terms are inter-changeable throughout the scriptures.

The psalm is only eight verses long, but is powerfully written as a hymn of thanksgiving. The second part of verse one is a bit disturbing to some, as it finishes out the verse of praise with the phrase “before the gods I sing your praise.” But it must be remembered that this term “gods” refers not to deity, but to rulers, elders, and such that are held in higher esteem than others (as in Psalm 95:3 and Psalm 82:6). Verse 8 seems to solidify Davidic authorship, with what appears to be a reference to God’s promises to him in 2 Samuel 7:

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever

Read or listen to audio of ESV version of this selection from this link.

/Bob’s boy
some images © V. Gilbert & Arlisle F. Beers

Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at  


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