A Season of Psalms - Psalm 138:1-3
“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Theologian F.B. Meyer said, “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” What happens when we don’t pray? We miss out on the blessing of seeing God work! Did you know that Christians on average spend less than 10 minutes total in prayer per day? If we would see God move in a mighty way in our country and our world, we must follow Jesus’ instructions in Luke 18:1 to always pray and not lose heart.
In Psalm 138, David offers a heartfelt prayer, and as God answered, David saw the blessing of God at work. Notice the pattern in verse 3: David called, God answered, David found strength. Thus, he gives thanks to God with his whole heart—a joyful heart—singing His praises before the “gods.” He bows in worship in the direction of the temple; after all, this is the place where God makes His presence known in the midst of His people. When we pray, the posture of our hearts should be one of humility and contrition. Since His Spirit is within us, we don’t bow to a structure, but to our Savior.
Corrie Ten Boom asked the question, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” How will you answer? How will you pray differently today? Let us not harden our hearts nor offer perfunctory prayers, but in confident assurance let’s labor in prayer and offer Him all of our petitions. 1 John 5:14: “And this is the confidence we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”
Further Reading: Philippians 4:6-7; 2 Chronicles 6:12-7:3
Pray with me the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.