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Robust Roots -- Flourishing Flowers (Psalm 138:1-8)
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Sunday, 03 March 2013 00:00

I wish to present a Psalm in which the reason for prayer is given in such a way that it ought to outweigh all of our inadequate feelings based on weak moments in our own prayer life.

Psalm 138 is a dramatic Davidic hymn in which prayer is connected vitally with praise. Simply stated, this Psalm declares: The purpose of prayer is to glorify God.

There are many other things that may be said about prayer, but I know of no truth more profound, more far-reaching, or more significant about prayer than this: Prayer glorifies God!

Following the lead of this Psalm we might speak of prayer and praise as a spiritual plant. Prayer is the rootage of that plant, and praise is the flower. When we pray – not foolishly, not in a silly manner, not in a shallow way – but intensely, fervently, and dependently, God answers. And our response to His answer is to give praise to His name. This is why we pray. We pray so that when He answers us, we may renew our praise to His glory.”
(Ronald Barclay Allen, Praise! A Matter of Life and Breath: Praising God in the Psalms, pp. 166-167)

As we walk by faith this week (Colossians 2:6), may the spiritual (prayer and praise) plants of our lives be firmly rooted and built up in Him such that we are established and abounding in the faith with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:7) so that the flowers and fruit of our lives and lips will resound to the praise of the glory of our wonderful God and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Psalm 138 (NKJV Literal translation by Dr. Ronald B. Allen)

A Psalm of David.

1 I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.


1
Of David.

I acknowledge You with all my heart;

Before gods I sing Your praises!

2 I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.

2
I prostrate myself to Your holy temple,

And I acknowledge Your name –

according to Your loyal love

and according to Your steadfastness –

For You have magnified above all Your name Your word!

3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

3 When I called, You answered me.

You have emboldened me with strength within!

4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.

4
All the kings of the earth will praise You, O Yahweh,

When they will have heard the words of Your mouth.

5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.

5
And they will sing of the ways of Yahweh.

For great is the glory of Yahweh!

6 Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.

6 For though Yahweh is exalted He regards the lowly;

But the haughty He knows from afar.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.

7
Even though I shall walk in the midst of trouble,

You will revive me;

Against the wrath of my enemies

You will stretch forth Your hand,

And Your right hand will save me.

8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;

Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

8 Yahweh will accomplish that which concerns me;

O Yahweh, Your loyal love is everlasting!

Do not forsake the works of Your hands!


 

 

 

 

 

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