Psalm 138:1
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New International Version
Of David. I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; before the "gods" I will sing your praise.

King James Bible
A Psalm of David. I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.

Darby Bible Translation
{[A Psalm] of David.} I will give thee thanks with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing psalms of thee.

World English Bible
I will give you thanks with my whole heart. Before the gods, I will sing praises to you.

Young's Literal Translation
By David. I confess Thee, with all my heart, Before the gods I do praise Thee.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will praise thee with my whole heart - I have received the highest favors from thee, and my whole soul should acknowledge my obligation to thy mercy. The Versions and several MSS. add יהוה Yehovah, "I will praise thee, O Lord," etc.

Before the gods will I sing - נגד אלהים neged Elohim, "in the presence of Elohim;" most probably meaning before the ark, where were the sacred symbols of the Supreme Being. The Chaldee has, before the judges. The Vulgate, before the angels. So the Septuagint, Ethiopic, Arabic, and Anglo-Saxon. The Syriac, Before kings will I sing unto thee. This place has been alleged by the Roman Catholics as a proof that the holy angels, who are present in the assemblies of God's people, take their prayers and praises, and present them before God. There is nothing like this in the text; for supposing, which is not granted, that the word elohim here signifies angels, the praises are not presented to them, nor are they requested to present them before God; it is simply said, Before elohim will I sing praise unto Thee. Nor could there be need of any intermediate agents, when it was well known that God himself was present in the sanctuary, sitting between the cherubim. Therefore this opinion is wholly without support from this place.

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A.M.

3485, B.C.

519. A Psalm of David. Five MSS. omit ledawid; and the Lxx, and Arabic prefix also the names of Haggai and Zechariah; and it is probable that it was composed to be sung at the dedication of the second temple.

I will praise

Psalm 9:1 I will praise you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all your marvelous works.

Psalm 86:12,13 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify your name for ever more...

Psalm 103:1,2 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name...

Psalm 111:1 Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit...

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

with my whole. The versions and several MSS. add Jehovah
before

Psalm 82:1,6 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods...

Psalm 119:46 I will speak of your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

Exodus 22:28 You shall not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of your people.

John 10:34-36 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods...

Acts 23:5 Then said Paul, I knew not, brothers, that he was the high priest: for it is written...

Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

the gods. Or, God. Elohim

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Faith in Perfection
In the opening, I must remark that this is not the heritage of all mankind. The word, "me," in the text, cannot be appropriated by any man, unless he, in some respects, resembles the character of David, who penned this psalm. The text, however, itself, is its own guard. If you look at it, you will see that there is in its bowels a full description of a true Christian. I will ask you three questions suggested by the words themselves, and according to your answer to these three questions, shall be
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859

The Coming Revival
"Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?"--PS. lxxxv. 6. "O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years."--HAB. iii. 2. "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me: Thy right hand shall save me."--PS. cxxxviii. 7. "I dwell with him that is of a humble and contrite heart, to revive the heart of the contrite ones."--ISA. lvii. 15. "Come, and let us return to the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us. He will revive us."--HOS. vi. 1, 2. The Coming
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Covenant Duties.
It is here proposed to show, that every incumbent duty ought, in suitable circumstances, to be engaged to in the exercise of Covenanting. The law and covenant of God are co-extensive; and what is enjoined in the one is confirmed in the other. The proposals of that Covenant include its promises and its duties. The former are made and fulfilled by its glorious Originator; the latter are enjoined and obligatory on man. The duties of that Covenant are God's law; and the demands of the law are all made
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

Introduction. Chapter i. --The Life and Writings of St. Hilary of Poitiers.
St. Hilary of Poitiers is one of the greatest, yet least studied, of the Fathers of the Western Church. He has suffered thus, partly from a certain obscurity in his style of writing, partly from the difficulty of the thoughts which he attempted to convey. But there are other reasons for the comparative neglect into which he has fallen. He learnt his theology, as we shall see, from Eastern authorities, and was not content to carry on and develop the traditional teaching of the West; and the disciple
St. Hilary of Poitiers—The Life and Writings of St. Hilary of Poitiers

Cross References
Psalm 95:3
For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

Psalm 96:4
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.

Psalm 97:7
All who worship images are put to shame, those who boast in idols-- worship him, all you gods!

Psalm 111:1
Praise the LORD. I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

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