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2018 September 20
Psalm 138

The Three Kings (Magi) Gather to Seek Christ: Les tres riches heures du Duc de Berry, Ms. 65 (c. 1416)
Limbourg Brothers (fl. 1385 - 1416)
International Gothic Style
Musee Conde, Chantilly, Oise, Paris, France
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's painting depicts a time when the kings of earth came to worship the Lord, as stated in today's Psalm. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Psalm 138, David mentions the past, present, and future benefits with which God has blessed and will bless him. And he reveals that a time will come when the kings of the earth will worship the LORD.
     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).

     [ Sermons: W Robert Godfrey. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 138: 1 Kings 10:1-13. Psalm 89:27. Revelation 1:5. Revelation 19:16. ]
[1] Psalm 82:1; Psalm 119:46.
[2] Psalm 48:10.
[3] Song of Solomon 6:5.
[5] Psalm 20:7; Psalm 44:8; Psalm 87:3; Psalm 105:2; Job 26:14; Job 40:19; Psalm 18:30; Deuteronomy 32:4; Micah 4:2.
[7] Psalm 23:4; Psalm 30:3; Psalm 71:20.
[8] Psalm 57:2; Philippians 1:6; Nehemiah 6:3; Proverbs 4:13.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ 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: 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. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 107-150.
1016 - 404 B.C. Israel
God Praised & Thanked for His Goodness

Psalm 138
I praise the LORD for his love and faithfulness.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

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 [emboldened 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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