I Give You Thanks, O God, With My Whole Heart

This meditation is based on a passage for August 14, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 138

Reflection and Question: No wonder this psalm begins with thanks; that is the spontaneous and natural response to the affirmations of this prayer poem. In just a few words, the psalmist captures some concrete ways in which God’s steadfast love endures forever. Love endures forever in God’s willingness to increase the strength of our souls when we ask. We know God’s love in the Biblical presumption of care for the poor, what the psalmist calls “regard for the lowly.” Trusting that God keeps us safe, the psalmist ends with a plea for all this to continue. Where do you experience God’s everlasting love?

Prayer: I give you thanks, O God, with my whole heart;
On the day I called You answered me, you increased my strength of soul.
Your steadfast love, O God, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.