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1 (To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.) Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.

7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

Commentary for Psalms 61

David seeks God upon former experience. (1-4) He vows to serve God. (5-8)

1-4 David begins with prayers and tears, but ends with praise. Thus the soul, being lifted up to God, returns to the enjoyment of itself. Wherever we are, we have liberty to draw near to God, and may find a way open to the throne of grace. And that which separates us from other comforts, should drive us nearer to God, the fountain of all comfort. Though the heart is overwhelmed, yet it may be lifted up to God in prayer. Nay, I will cry unto thee, for by that means it will be supported and relieved. Weeping must quicken praying, and not deaden it. God's power and promise are a rock that is higher than we are. This rock is Christ. On the Divine mercy, as on a rock, David desired to rest his soul; but he was like a ship-wrecked sailor, exposed to the billows at the bottom of a rock too high for him to climb without help. David found that he could not be fixed on the Rock of salvation, unless the Lord placed him upon it. As there is safety in Him, and none in ourselves, let us pray to be led to and fixed upon Christ our Rock. The service of God shall be his constant work and business: all must make it so who expect to find God their shelter and strong tower. The grace of God shall be his constant comfort.

5-8 There is a people in the world that fear God's name. There is a heritage peculiar to that people; present comforts in the soul, earnests of future bliss. Those that fear God have enough in him, and must not complain. We need desire no better heritage than that of those who fear God. Those abide to good purpose in this world, who abide before God, serve him, and walk in his fear; those who do so, shall abide before him for ever. And these words are to be applied to Him of whom the angel said, the Lord shall give unto him the throne of his father David, and of his kingdom there shall be no end, #Lu 1:32|. God's promises, and our faith in them, are not to do away, but to encourage prayer. We need not desire to be better secured than under the protection of God's mercy and truth. And if we partake of that grace and truth which came by Jesus Christ, we may praise him, whatever be our outward circumstances. But renewed experience of God's mercy and truth towards his people in Christ, is the main matter of our joy in him, and our praise unto him.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 61

  • Tosha bagley
    I love this site
  • Kevin
    I am also willing to learn lord I want you to take hold of my heart and place your spirit in me lord I want to be part of your life.I also have somuch to be thankful for lord Jesus you have brought me through a difficult situation and I know by your stripes I will be heal Heavenly Father I thank you for being our savior if God is all we have God is all we need
  • Carol
    At times I feel alone.I feel as if I need to turn my life around,make a change.I ask myself if I'm the person I should be or need to be.I need to put my feelings aside and let God have his way.I see that I can't change people,just continue to work on myself.Ask him to make me a better person.He brought me through so much.I owe him more than a thank you.I'm trying my best to be the Christian that he expects me to be.I had to make a big change in my life.With my husband,it's been a struggle.I've ask for a change in him.My children and grandchildren for a change,some I'm still praying for.He said he would never leave me nor forsake me.
  • MockingBird
    To be overwhelmed is to have a thing come against you that will try to bring you down and that is more than you can handle . I have a strong and solid rock called Jesus Christ His word to go to and find help and shelter and comfort I Praise God that when that occurs in my life , I have His word to hide under. When I find in His word what to do about that thing , I will take hold of it and act on it and overcome !!!!
  • Mona
    It's exactly what I need to hear right now. Going to the rock that is higher than I..so comforting in knowing that God has your hold situation in His hand...Thank you Lord.
  • Shy
    who is the wife of cain when in fact eve, adam and cain is the first people of the earth?

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Psalm 61 uses many concepts to express God's protection, which term is not among them?
  • Rock
  • Shelter
  • Tower
  • Tree
  • Wings