I bow down toward your holy temple

and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,

for you have exalted above all things

your name and your word.

On the day I called, you answered me;

my strength of soul you increased

Psalm 138:2-3 (ESV)

I bow down toward your holy temple

David humbles himself before God. As we go to God in prayer, we should also humble ourselves before Him.

and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,

He thanks Him for his steadfast love and faithfulness. When we are in prayer, we should also thank God for his being there with us during times of stress and difficulties that occur in our daily lives.

for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

He recognizes God has lifted up His name and His Word. As God’s children, we need to be aware that God’s name is above all other names and His Word is likewise elevated above all other thoughts and writings done by man.

On the day I called, you answered me;

David acknowledges that God has answered him. Do we thank Him for the answers He gives us? We always have to remember God can answer in one of three ways, yes, no. or wait. We need to thank Him whatever answer He gives.

my strength of soul you increased.

God strengthened David’s soul. As we learn to pray in a way that is acceptable to the LORD, He will give us the strength we need to face whatever challenges this life brings our way.