God’s Renewing Word of Joy
Psalm 138: This psalm is a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s love and care, and the writer expresses trust in God’s promises.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
138 I thank you, Lord, with all my heart;
I sing praise to you before the gods.
2 I face your holy Temple,
bow down, and praise your name
because of your constant love and faithfulness,
because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme.[b]
3 You answered me when I called to you;
with your strength you strengthened me.
4 All the kings in the world will praise you, Lord,
because they have heard your promises.
5 They will sing about what you have done
and about your great glory.
6 Even though you are so high above,
you care for the lowly,
and the proud cannot hide from you.
7 When I am surrounded by troubles,
you keep me safe.
You oppose my angry enemies
and save me by your power.
8 You will do everything you have promised;
Lord, your love is eternal.
Complete the work that you have begun.
TODAY’S KEY VERSE: Psalm 138:2a
I face your holy Temple, bow down, and praise your name because of your constant love and faithfulness.
God’s “constant love and faithfulness,” as cited in verse 2, is an indication of the covenant bond that unites God and people. In what ways have you experienced God’s constant love and faithfulness? In verse 3, the psalm writer refers to answered prayer. When or how have you experienced an answer to prayer?
I thank you, LORD, with all my heart. Your love and faithfulness are constant. I call out to you, and today I thank you for _____________________________. Amen.
Exodus 12:1-14: The Israelites receive instructions for celebrating the first Passover.