Psalm 138: God’s Love and Faithfulness

How can we more completely involve our “whole being” in praising God?

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Psalm 138:1 A song of David.
I will praise you, God, with my whole being. Standing before the heavenly host, I will sing your praise.
King James
Psalm 138:1 <A Psalm of David.> I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

What is there about God’s greatness that is beyond what we can put into words?

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Psalm 138:2 I will bow in worship before you, praising you for your love and faithfulness, for you are greater than words can proclaim.
King James
Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Since God didn’t always answer David’s cries on the same day, of what help is praising God when he happens to provide an immediate answer?

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Psalm 138:3 You answered on the day when I cried out to you, and you strengthened me, giving me life.
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Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

Considering the fact that some kings of history thought they were gods, why would all kings worship God?

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Psalm 138:4–5 When they hear you speak, Lord, all kings will worship you, joyfully singing about what you have done, for your glory is so great.t
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Psalm 138:4–5 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.

Why does the Lord respect the lowly and not the great?

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Psalm 138:6 Although the Lord is so highly exalted, he respects the lowly. He keeps his distance from those who see themselves as great.
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Psalm 138:6 Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

If God is so interested in protecting us, why would he allow us to walk through a gauntlet?

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Psalm 138:7 If I must walk through a gauntlet, you will protect me. You block the anger of my enemies with your hand. With your strong right hand, you deliver me.
King James
Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

What might prevent completion of God’s purpose for our lives?

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Psalm 138:8 The Lord will complete the purpose he has for my life.
Your lovingkindness, Lord, continues forever. Never abandon your miraculous works.
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Psalm 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.