Psalm 138


I will praise you with my whole heart;

    before the gods I will make music for you.;

I bow down toward your holy temple

    and praise your name on account of your loyalty and your faithfulness;

    for you have exalted your name and your promise above everything.

On the very day I prayed, you answered me,

    you increased your strength in my innermost being.

All the kings of the earth will praise you, Yahweh,

    for they have heard the promises of your mouth.

They will sing of the ways of Yahweh,

    for great is Yahweh's glory.

Although Yahweh is exalted, he looks after the lowly;

    the arrogant he recognizes at a distance.

If I should walk in the middle of trouble,

    you will keep me alive despite the anger of my enemies;

You will send out your hand,

    and your right hand will give me victory.

Yahweh will complete his purpose for me;

    your loyalty, O Yahweh, will last forever.

Do not abandon the "work of your hands" (me).


2001 Ralph W. Klein