Give thanks to Yahweh (Ps 138:1-138:3)

A Psalm of David

“Yahweh!

I give you thanks

With my whole heart.

Before the gods,

I sing your praise.

I bow down toward your holy temple.

I give thanks to your name.

Because of your steadfast love.

I give thanks to your name.

Because of your faithfulness.

You have exalted your name

Above everything.

You have exalted your word

Above everything.

On the day I called,

You did answer me.

You increased my strength of soul.”

Psalm 138 is a thanksgiving psalm of David as indicated in the title. David gives thanks to Yahweh from his whole heart. He sings his praises in his holy Temple. Yahweh is greater than any of the other gods or angels. He gave thanks to his holy name for his steadfast love and faithfulness. His name and word were to be exalted above everything. On the day that David called, Yahweh answered him. There was no delay here. Thus this strengthened his soul.

Give thanks to Yahweh (Ps 136:26-136:26)

“O give thanks to the God of heaven!

His steadfast love endures forever.”

This psalm ends with the congregational refrain, “His steadfast love endures forever” as they gave thanks to the God of heaven.

Give thanks to Yahweh (Ps 118:28-118:29)

“You are my God.

I will give thanks to you.

You are my God.

I will extol you.

O give thanks to Yahweh!

He is good.

His steadfast love endures forever!”

This psalm ends with where it began, by giving thanks to Yahweh. The psalmist gave thanks to Yahweh because he was his God. He extolled him and gave thanks because Yahweh was good as his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to Yahweh (Ps 86:12-86:13)

“I give thanks to you.

Yahweh my God!

With my whole heart,

I will glorify your name forever.

Great is your steadfast love toward me.

You have delivered my soul

From the depths of Sheol.”

David gave thanks to Yahweh, his God. With his whole heart he wanted to glorify his name forever. Yahweh’s steadfast love towards him had delivered his soul from the depths of Sheol. It sounds like Yahweh saved David from death at some point because he loved him so much.