Meditation by Dr J P Hunter
Psalm 138:1-7a; 8a. Of David. Good News Translation
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
This is a Psalm of thanksgiving for answered prayer. In v1 before the gods may mean before lower heavenly beings such as angels. Then in v3 the reason for such superior thanksgiving is revealed: receiving strength after answered prayer. Thanksgiving is an essential part of our worship and praise of God. Do we remember when we asked God for guidance, protection, strength, patience, love or other blessings and He supplied them? As we thank God for material and spiritual blessings in our lives, we should thank Him too for answered prayer.
Almighty God, in thanksgiving I come to seek your presence in the midst of my humble daily life. I thank you for your constant presence in my life, even during times when I was not aware of you. I thank you for the many times in my life that you answered prayer, even though I sometimes took them for granted.
I praise you for your constant love and faithfulness in recent difficult times just gone. And I trust you for your goodness in days to come, as you fulfil the purpose for my life. Amen.
Hymns & Psalms 566 verse 1
Now thank we all our God,
With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done,
In whom his world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms
Has blessed us on our way.
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.