“I Will Praise You, Lord, With All My Heart”
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger) Week 48
Scripture Readings: Psalms 137-139
Key Scripture Verses: Psalm 138:1 (NIV, Life Application Bible)
“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the ‘gods’ I will sing your praise.”
This psalm was written by David as a psalm of thanksgiving. He praises God for his devotion and answered prayer.
David was devoted to God. Here he mocks the false gods of the pagans and corrupt cultures.
He understood the nature of God and that there is only one true God who deserves our worship and our praise—the God of Israel.
David regularly leaned on God, depending on him for his needs to be met; and, God was faithful in meeting those needs, helping him through many difficult times. He acknowledges this when he states: “though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life.” I think of the irony of the time Saul was pursuing him to kill him, but David ended up actually having opportunity to kill Saul instead, yet chose not to do so.
I particularly like the verse where David mentions that as exalted as God is, he cares for the “lowly.” God cared for him and he knew it and felt it in his everyday existence that the God who created all things cared enough to give him his attention and cared about his needs. The God who deserves the devotion of all and is exalted above all cared enough for his “lowly” servant to answer his prayers.
David is so appreciative of God’s attention and faithfulness, especially his abiding love that “endures forever,” that he appeals to God to “not abandon the works of your hands”—knowing that he will always be as attentive to all of his creations. These statements demonstrate David’s great faith and trust that God will always be there for him.
In this psalm David not only shows his appreciation, but says that his praise is not enough—all the kings of the earth should do the same. All should sing with praise and acknowledge the “ways of the Lord,” and that he deserves all of the glory bestowed upon him.
May we develop the faith of David that we also have the passion of his devotion, that we may be able to say these words with all of our being: “I will praise you, Lord, will all my heart; before the ‘gods’ I will sing your praise.” Amen!