334. With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring (Psalm 138)

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1 With grateful heart my thanks I bring;
before the “gods” your praise I sing.
I worship in your holy place
and praise you for your truth and grace;
for truth and grace together shine
in your most holy Word divine.

2 I cried to you, and you did save;
your word of grace new courage gave.
The kings of earth shall thank you, Lord,
for they have heard your wondrous word;
yes, they shall come with songs of praise
for great and glorious are your ways.

3 O Lord, enthroned in glory bright,
you reign alone in heavenly height;
the proud in vain your favor seek,
but you have mercy for the meek.
Through trouble though my pathway be,
you will revive and strengthen me.

4 You will stretch forth your mighty arm
to save me when my foes alarm.
The work you have for me begun
shall by your grace be fully done.
Your love forever will endure:
your mercy, Lord, is ever sure.

Text Information
First Line: With grateful heart my thanks I bring
Title: With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring (Psalm 138)
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Topic: The Life of the Nations; Renewal; Sovereignty of God (1 more...)
Source: The New Metrical Version of the Psalms, 1909, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: Dimitri S. Bortniansky (1825, alt.)
Key: B♭ Major

Text Information:

Though Psalm 138 is usually regarded as a personal song of thanksgiving, this paraphrase makes clear that it also deals with the theme of God’s sovereignty over would-be deities and over all human rulers. The fourth stanza shows that the psalm looks forward as well as backward.

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