Having been humiliated, but now restored, Israel sings. The exile was their shame. The return is their vindication. And they want the nations to see, to be in awe that a turn-around so unheard of has happened, that Adonai keeps his promises even through long generations.
Listen to Psalm 138:1-2 here:
Listen to Psalm 138:3-4 here:
UNDER CONSTRUCTION … MORE COMING …
Listen to Psalm 138:5-6 here:
Listen to Psalm 138:7-8 here:
Jerusalem is the lowly one for whom Adonai has regard. The nations have been proud and Adonai has seen them from afar. He has preserved the Jewish people through the fire of exile. The community praying at the temple trusts he will settle accounts and further restore his chosen nation. Nonetheless, the psalm ends with a request for him to do just that: “do not abandon the work of your hands” (i.e., Jerusalem).