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2015 June 19

The Three Kings (Magi) Gather to Seek Christ: Les tres riches heures du Duc de Berry (c. 1416)
Limbourg Brothers (fl. 1385 - 1416)
International Gothic Style
Musee Conde, Chantilly, Oise, Paris, France
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In Psalm 138 David mentions the past, present, and future benefits with which God has and will bless him. And he reveals that a time will come when the kings of the earth will worship the LORD, as depicted in today's painting.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: 1 Kings 10:1-13. Psalm 89:27. Revelation 1:5. Revelation 19:16. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Psalm 138 - #1. Psalm 138 - #2. Psalm 138 - #3. Psalm 138 - #4. Psalm 138 - #5. Psalm 138 - #6. Psalm 138 - #7. Psalm 138 - #8. Psalm 138 - #9. Psalm 138 - #10. Psalm 138 - #11. Psalm 138 - #12. Psalm 138 - #13. Psalm 138 - #14. Psalm 138 - #15. Psalm 138 - #16. ]

     David tells the LORD that he will praise him with his whole heart before the gods (thereby pointing worshipers of false gods to the true God). He says that he will praise god for his lovingkindness and his truth, because God has exalted his word above his name. He acknowledges that, in the day when he cried out to God, God strengthened him with strength in his soul (1-3). David also says that not only will he praise God, but all of the kings of the earth shall praise him when they hear his words. They will sing to him because his glory is great. And, although the LORD is high, yet he has respect to the lowly; but the proud he knows afar off (4-6). David concludes by expressing his confidence that the LORD will revive him in the midst of trouble and will stretch out his hand against the wrath of his enemies and will save him by his right hand. He is confident that the LORD will perfect that which concerns him because his mercy endures forever. He therefore asks that the LORD will not forsake the works of his hands (7-8).


Psalms 107-150.

Psalm 138

1 A Psalm of David. *

I will praise thee with my whole heart:
before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple,
and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth:
for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me,
and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD,
when they hear the words of thy mouth.
5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD:
for great is the glory of the LORD.
6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly:
but the proud he knoweth afar off.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me:
thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies,
and thy right hand shall save me.
8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me:
thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever:
forsake not the works of thine own hands.

1 To the chief Musician, [Transposed From Psalm 139:1 ] *

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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