Psalm 138

1 I will give thee thanks with my whole heart:
Before the gods will I sing praises unto thee.

General Subject. Song in praise of the Lord by the church. P. P.
1 See Psalm Ixxxvi. 8. A. 8301.
1-5. The Lord ought to be worshipped from the Word where is His Divine truth. P. P.

2 I will worship toward thy holy temple,
And give thanks unto thy name for thy lovingkindness
and for thy truth:
For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
3 In the day that I called thou answeredst me,
Thou didst encourage me with strength in my soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall give thee thanks, O
For they have heard the words of thy mouth.
5 Yea, they shall sing of the ways of Jehovah;
For great is the glory of Jehovah.

2 See Psalm xviii. 7. R. 191.
By temple is signified the Lord’s Divine Human, and at the same time heaven and the church. E. 220.

6 For though Jehovah is high, yet hath he respect unto
the lowly;
But the haughty he knoweth from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive
Thou wilt stretch forth thy hand against the wrath of
mine enemies,
And thy right hand will save me.
8 Jehovah will perfect that which concerneth me:
Thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, endureth for ever;
Forsake not the works of thine own hands.

6-8. Those who are humble will have salvation from the Lord, and life and protection. P. P.

8 See Psalm cxi. 7. R. 457.
See Psalm cxi. 7. E. 585.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)