[A Psalm] of David. I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You. 2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. 3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, [And] made me bold [with] strength in my soul. 4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, When they hear the words of Your mouth. 5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, For great [is] the glory of the LORD. 6 Though the LORD [is] on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. 8 The LORD will perfect [that which] concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, [endures] forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.PSALM 138:1-8
EVEN KINGS SHOULD BOW HUMBLED HEADS
Have you ever just marveled that God hears our prayers at all? In modern society, most of us have so much power and convenience at our hands. There are those who are especially blessed with power and influence that they might begin to think of themselves as “gods” (v.1). People bow to them, give them honor, bring them gifts and treat them really well.
David recognizes that as a king, he has power and prestige, but when it comes to God, he is a beggar just like the rest of us (v.6). It might be difficult for a king to think of themselves as a beggar, but no one comes to God proud (v.6b). We all must come with humbled hearts.
And here is the thing that should cause us to praise God. When we do come to him with humbled hearts, whole hearts, he hears us and saves us! What great grace this is!
Father, Thank you for your incredible mercy and grace! You are far from the proud, but close to those who are humble. We seek you this morning with our whole heart. We come as needy beggars in need of your grace and salvation. We are grateful, we are thankful for how you move and act in our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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