1I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing Your praise.
2I will bow down toward Your Holy Temple
and will praise Your Name
for Your unfailing love and Your faithfulness,
for You have so exalted Your solemn decree
that it surpasses Your Fame.
3When I called, You answered me;
You greatly emboldened me.
4May all the kings of the earth praise You, Lord,
when they hear what You have decreed.
5May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
for the Glory of the Lord is great.
6Though the Lord is exalted, He looks kindly on the lowly;
though lofty, He sees them from afar.
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
You preserve my life.
You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes;
with Your right hand You save me.
8The Lord will vindicate me;
Your love, Lord, endures forever—
do not abandon the Works of Your Hands.
It does not appear, nor is it important to inquire, upon what occasion David penned this Psalm.
But in it,
I. He looks back with thankfulness upon the experiences he has had of God's goodness to him (v. 1-3).
II. He looks forward with comfort, in hopes,
1. That others would go on to praise God like him (v. 4, 5).
2. That God would go on to do good to him (v. 6-8).
In singing this Psalm we must in this manner devote ourselves to God's praise and glory and repose ourselves in His power and goodness.