Blessed are You, O Lord, who increases the strength of my soul.

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 138 is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise. One thing the psalmist is thankful for is an answer to his prayer the same day he cried out to God. However, I imagine the psalmist mostly thanking and praising God for increasing the strength of his soul. The Hebrew translation says he gives thanks and praise to God for making him bold in his soul with strength. When was the last time you cried out to God for strength? In response, did God give you a boldness that surprised you?

When it comes to our spiritual needs, God always increases our faith, our hope, our love and seeks to decrease our doubt, our despair and our hatred so that our greatest response to others will be love. I am thankful God is a God of increases!

Blessed are You, O Lord, who increases the strength of my soul.



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