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Psalm 61

Assurance of God’s Protection

To the leader: with stringed instruments. Of David.


Hear my cry, O God;

listen to my prayer.


From the end of the earth I call to you,

when my heart is faint.


Lead me to the rock

that is higher than I;


for you are my refuge,

a strong tower against the enemy.



Let me abide in your tent forever,

find refuge under the shelter of your wings.Selah


For you, O God, have heard my vows;

you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.



Prolong the life of the king;

may his years endure to all generations!


May he be enthroned forever before God;

appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!



So I will always sing praises to your name,

as I pay my vows day after day.

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Ps 61:1-8. Neginah—or, Neginoth (see on Ps 4:1, title). Separated from his usual spiritual privileges, perhaps by Absalom's rebellion, the Psalmist prays for divine aid, and, in view of past mercies, with great confidence of being heard.

1-3. From the end—that is, places remote from the sanctuary (De 28:64).

2. heart is overwhelmed—literally, "covered over with darkness," or, "distress."

to the rock—(Ps 18:2; 40:2).

higher than I—which otherwise I cannot ascend.

3. shelter … and strong tower—repeat the same sentiment.

4. I will abide—So I desire to do (compare Ps 23:6).

trust in the covert, &c.—make my refuge, in the shadow (compare Ps 17:8; 36:7).

5. the heritage—or, part in the spiritual blessings of Israel (Ps 21:2-4).

vows—implies prayers.

6, 7. the king—himself and his royal line ending in Christ. Mercy and truth personified, as in Ps 40:11; 57:3.

7. abide before God—literally, "sit as a king in God's presence," under His protection.

8. Thus for new blessings will new vows of praise ever be paid.