Psalm 138: The Hunchback of the God of Fame

He must have a permanent hunchback, because He constantly stoops to our level. Psalm 138 describes the “God of fame” whose target of love is us, the lower level- people He created. Most of the eight verses list at least one distinct “stooping” action that sets God apart from all other “gods.” The psalm writer gives praise for many of these things.

for Your loving-kindness

for Your truth and faithfulness

“for exalting above all else His name and His word” (vs. 2)

God doesn’t allow anything or anyone to rise above Him or His word.

“for exalting His word above all His name” (vs.2)

God’s word stands infinitely resolute. The bible teaches: “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.” Luke 21:33, Matthew 24:35

The rest of the Psalm contains other expressions of God’s “stooping” actions that focus on our needs.

In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength in my inner self.” (vs.3)

“For though the Lord is high, yet has He respect for the lowly, bringing them  into fellowship with Him; but the proud and haughty He knows and recognizes only at a distance.” (vs. 6)

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.” (vs. 7)

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your hands.” (vs.8)


Think about this. Through God’s words in the bible, God essentially says to us…….

“You are so valuable to me that I saved your life, but it required the death of my beloved son. Because of this extreme sacrifice, isn’t it reasonable to think that I would care about ALL the details of your life? Also, if I saved you, don’t you think I might want to hear from you personally, daily, and in every event of your life?

Of course, I’m God and I can read your mind, BUT what I want is to have a relationship with you! I did not sacrifice my most precious belonging just to ensure a mind reading connection to you. I can already do that. So….

Talk to Me. Listen to Me.

I got personal with you. Can’t you get personal with Me?

I stooped to your level. Can’t you reach up to Me?”


My Prayer

Sweet God above, precious to me is the message of this Psalm. You care. The devil would like me to believe that You are remote and impersonal, or busy with major catastrophes.  How amazing that You stooped so low to love me and all those who will have You! I am so undeserving and very costly to You, but the price has been paid. Teach me all that this means so that I may live to Your glory alone. Amen.


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