Magnify His Word ~ Psalm 138

climbing the Popocateptl at dawn

 

I will praise You with my whole heart:
before the gods will I sing praise unto You.
I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name
for Your loving-kindness
and for Your truth:
for You have magnified Your Word above all Your name.

In the day when I cried You answered me,
and strengthened me with strength in my soul.
All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD,
when they hear the words of Your mouth.
Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD:
for great is the glory of the LORD.

Though the LORD be high,
yet has He respect unto the lowly:
but the proud He knows afar off.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
You will revive me:
You shall stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and Your right hand shall save me.
The LORD will perfect that which concerns me:
Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever:
forsake not the works of Your own hands.

For the month of November I have chosen psalms that focus on praising the Lord, and I have chosen to present them with little to no commentary, but simply let the psalms speak for themselves.

Here’s my little commentary for today, from verse 4:

All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD, when they hear the words of Your mouth.

Compare this to:

Romans 10:13-14 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

This Thanksgiving, do not fail to praise the Lord that you have a copy of the Word of God in your language. But as you do, think about those who have yet to hear the Good News. What can you do to help them? Can you be a Bible translator? Can you be a missionary? Can you give so that others can do the work?

To learn more about Bible translation, visit Bearing Precious Seed, First Bible International, and Wycliffe.org.

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Photo taken on Mount Popocateptl (“Popo”) in Mexico, 1994

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