Psalms Chapter 138
God's special providence over his servants.
138:1. Unto the end, a psalm of David. Lord, thou hast proved me, and known me:
138:2. Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up.
138:3. Thou hast understood my thoughts afar off: my path and my line thou hast searched out.
138:4. And thou hast foreseen all my ways: for there is no speech in my tongue.
There is no speech, etc. . .Viz., unknown to thee: or when there is no speech in my tongue; yet my whole interior and my most secret thoughts are known to thee.
138:5. Behold, O Lord, thou hast known all things, the last and those of old: thou hast formed me, and hast laid thy hand upon me.
138:6. Thy knowledge is become wonderful to me: it is high, and I cannot reach to it.
138:7. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy face?
138:8. If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell, thou art present.
138:9. If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea:
138:10. Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand shall hold me.
138:11. And I said: Perhaps darkness shall cover me: and night shall be my light in my pleasures.
138:12. But darkness shall not be dark to thee, and night shall be light all the day: the darkness thereof, and the light thereof are alike to thee.
138:13. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast protected me from my mother's womb.
138:14. I will praise thee, for thou art fearfully magnified: wonderful are thy works, and my soul knoweth right well.
138:15. My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in secret: and my substance in the lower parts of the earth.
138:16. Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall be written: days shall be formed, and no one in them.
138:17. But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened.
138:18. I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the sand, I rose up and am still with thee.
138:19. If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God: ye men of blood, depart from me:
138:20. Because you say in thought: They shall receive thy cities in vain.
Because you say in thought, etc. . .Depart from me, you wicked, who plot against the servants of God, and think to cast them out of the cities of their habitation; as if they have received them in vain, and to no purpose.
138:21. Have I not hated them, O Lord, that hated thee: and pined away because of thy enemies?
138:22. I have hated them with a perfect hatred: and they are become enemies to me.
I have hated them. . .Not with an hatred of malice, but a zeal for the observance of God's commandments; which he saw were despised by the wicked, who are to be considered enemies to God.
138:23. Prove me, O God, and know my heart: examine me, and know my paths.
138:24. And see if there be in me the way of iniquity: and lead me in the eternal way.