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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

  • Regina
    only God can, he can grant the peace that passes all understanding to help you go through the storm of life. JESUS CHRIST is the solid rock. Continue to trust God he is the answer to every thing we need.
  • Shana
    Thank You Lord for being my solid rock..Help me to lift my eyes to You even when I am in tears! Just found out my mom has lung and brain cancer...Everything is happening too fast!! Hear my cry Oh God, attend unto my prayer. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I!
  • Librarygal143
    Yes! Praise God, thank you Jesus.
  • James
    God is a helper of weak souls, so call upon him anytime he is there to lift up.
  • Sharon
    On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.
  • Metse
    Whatever happens in this life we must know that there is someone who's there to wipe all our wiping as He cares so much,no matter what we May come across..
  • Preachmoore
    I received a call 5am from my son. He is having his trails right now. This Psalm will get him through. Thank you Jesus for your awesome character Amen.
  • Dorcas
    to me it mean that what I'm going through right now or what I'm getting ready to go through I need to continue to call on the name of the Lord He is my high place. He will lead me up higher than my storms so I will find rest and peace not will pass all my understanding, because right now it rough, but He that dwell in the rock which is Jesus He will hide you. There's safety in His arms.

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Bible Trivia

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