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,
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,
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,
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;
your mercy, LORD, is ever sure.
Based on Psalm 138, this versification (slightly altered) is from the 1912 Psalter. Similar to Psalm 18, 138 is a song of thanksgiving for God's saving acts–especially against enemies.
The God who was active in providing his Son for our redemption, has also been active in the course of history and in the lives of his people. His activity in the course of history began when he created all things. Belgic Confession, Article 12 teaches that God, “when it seemed good to him, created heaven and earth and all other creatures from nothing, by the Word—that is to say, by the Son.” In addition, “God created human beings from the dust of the earth and made and formed them in his image and likeness.”
His activity also includes his constant care for all he has created. “…He watches over us with fatherly care, sustaining all creatures under his lordship” (Belgic Confession, Article 13). Additionally, God reveals himself by this “creation, preservation and government of the universe, since that universe is before our eyes like a beautiful book...” (Belgic Confession, Article 2).
We also believe that God’s mighty acts are revealed “in the unfolding of covenant history…witnessing to the news that Our World Belongs to God and he loves it deeply” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 33). Primary among these actions in the unfolding of covenant history is “the long road of redemption to reclaim the lost as his people and the world as his kingdom” (paragraph 18). As God’s people observe his work in their lives and in history they respond with praise and adoration.