Finding Yourself in the Psalms

Psalm 138

The Psalm of a Thankful Worshiper

One of eight final Psalms of David

Follows Psalm 137 (dark, despair, no song)

I. A Worshipers Praise. 138:1-3
A. Praise God with INTENSITY. 138:1
1. David worshiped without reservation. “all my heart”
2. David worshiped without intimidation. “Before the gods” (possibly a
reference to leaders, kings.

Illus – HS students praying for their lunch

B. Praise God with REFLECTION. 138:2

David’s worship was theological and emotional

1. Two attributes of God: Love and faithfulness
2. Two actions of God. God reveals himself
a. His exalted NAME (Jesus, the LIVING LOGOS – Revelation
19:13 "He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the

Word of God."

b. His infallible WORD (the BIBLE, the WRITTEN LOGOS – 1
Peter 1:23 "For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God."
C. Praise God with a TESTIMONY. 138:3



orshiper’s Prayer. 138:4-5


The world of KINGS was David’s world


He prayed that they would experience what he experienced


He desired God’s glory for their lives


Worship makes us MISSIONARY MINDED

III. A Worshiper’s Perspective. 138:6-8
A. My Worship is because of God’s GRACE, not my goodness. 138:6
B. My Trials do not interfere with God’s PLAN. 138:7
C. He will not abandon me.
1. God has a purpose for my life
2. His purpose flows from his love.