Psalm 138: 1-2, 2-3, 6, 8 (Read)
“Lord, do not forsake the work of your hands.”
Our psalmist David composed this prayer of a
grateful heart. “I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
with all my heart.”
David is grateful because his petitions are
answered by the Lord. “For you have heard the
words of my mouth.” The Lord's answers to
our psalmist's prayers have come at a critical time,
a time when David is seeking to build up his strength.
David speaks of a divine rescue -- “When I cried out,
you answered; you strengthened my spirit.” Perhaps
we’re all in need of a spiritual rescue of the type
And it isn’t because of any of the psalmist’s virtues
that he obtains salvation. It is a result of God’s loving
fidelity. “Lord, your love is eternal.” Our God does not
forsake the work of His hands, though as St Paul says
in our 2nd reading, “Who has given the Lord anything
that he may be repaid?” (Rom 11:35)
Unworthy as we are, and though the Lord is exalted,
He watches over us in our lowly state. And thanks
be to God, His kindness endures forever.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist speaks of a divine rescue when he was in
great need of the Lord's Providence. Give an example of when
you have cried out to the Lord and He has answered your cry.
2. The Psalm's verses deal with an age old mystery--the Lord
is exalted, yet the lowly He sees. How do you reconcile the
apparent contradiction between God's heavenly dwelling and
His concern for us lowly humans?