Psalm 138: You Have Exalted Above All Things Your Name and Your Word

(8 verses, :52 to read)


What I am about to READ 

  • A Psalm which promises that God has exalted and will exalt His Name and His Word above all things.


  • 1-3: Praise of God before all other gods.  This praise is specifically shown in receiving His steadfast love and strength for your soul in the location where His name and Word are given and promised.
  • 4-6: All the kings shall give thanks to the Lord.  The Lord’s greatness is defined in regarding the lowly but not knowing the haughty.
  • 7-8: Statement about life in this world (“walk in the midst of trouble”), promise of God’s protection against evil, sermon on how God keeps His promises and prayer that the Lord will not forsake the writer and reader.


  • The end of our reading (“Do not forsake the work of your hands”) is an interesting plea.  There are many statements like this in the Psalms that in a sense call God to account for His promises.  Here the Psalmist calls for the Lord not to forsake him in the midst of much trouble.  He can make this plea because he is praying to the very One who made him and redeemed him.  The Psalmist and you are the works of God’s hands.  As the potter cares greater for his pottery that he has created, how much more does God care for you who are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Luther often tells his readers to rub into the ears of God the very promises that He has made.  He has in fact given us these promises so we might have more confidence in His love for us.


  • Parents and anyone who has had consistent contact with children can begin to understand how powerful it is when children hold their parents to a promise that was given.  I may be forgetful, but my children are rarely forgetful.  I promised they could have bubble gum if they stood still in line at the grocery store.  I may begrudge my promise because I know that sugar gives 3 and 4 year olds superhuman strength and wills, but it will take a lot for me to break that promise because I want to remain faithful to my word.  God, on the other hand, does not begrudge His promises.  He calls us to use His promises against Satan and our flesh in the midst of despair and temptation.  If parents are mostly faithful to their promises, how much more is God faithful to His glorious promises to not forsake us and be the source of strength for our soul.  He has, after all, fulfilled His promise to send His Son, the very temple of God, to die for us and exalted that Jesus above all things (vs. 2-3).
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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