Psalm 108: A Steadfast Heart

(13 verses, 1:25 to read)


What I am about to  READ

  • A Psalm of praise and prayer for help.


  • 1-4: David calls upon himself to give thanks to God.
  • 5-6: A prayer for God’s exaltation because with God’s exaltation comes the fulfillment of God’s promises: deliverance, salvation, and answer to prayers.
  • 7-9: A meditation on some of those promises of God.
  • 10-13: Prayer for God to tread down their enemies


  • This Psalm is almost like a copy and paste plagiarism from Psalm 57:7-11 and Psalm 60:5-11.  David has taken his prayers for help and mercy from those two Psalms and pasted them into this one Psalm. The Holy Spirit apparently doesn’t mind repeating His comforting truths.
  • Vs. 7 can also be taken as “God has promised in his sanctuary” or “God has promised in his holy one.”  Who is His holy one?  Where does God reside?  Christ is our sanctuary.  God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself (2 Cor. 5:19).  “It is He who will tread down our foes (vs. 13).”  That is the assurance that His promises to us are fulfilled.


  • David describes something wonderful here – a heart that is steadfast.  An unmovable heart, unshaken by fear of enemies, suffering or guilt is an amazing gift from God.  This is a gift that is given to us from the resurrected (who awoke from the death of sleep at dawn, vs. 2) and ascended Lord (he ascended above the heavens and dissapeared into the clouds (vs. 4) so that He might fill all things and rule for the good of His Church above all powers and principalities of darkness (Ephesians 4:9-10; Ephesians 1:19-22).
  • Here’s a hymn that meditates on the beginning of the Psalm, especially vs. 2, “I will awake the dawn.”  “Awake, soul, and with the sun; your daily stage of duty run; shake off dull sloth and joyful rise; to pay your morning sacrifice.”
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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