Psalm 61

Psalm 61 was written by David but the origin is not exactly clear.  David was often in trouble; so we don’t know the life circumstances which prompted this Psalm. It does seem to come after he came to the throne. Because of a reference to the end of the earth some have thought it comes from the time of Absalom’s rebellion or one of his military campaigns.  In any case, David does what we all need to do when we are under attack – He cries out to God.  “Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint”.

David is very specific in his request to God.  He knows God is the source of all power and strength – a refuge in times of trouble.  “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings”!  He prays that God will lead him directly to His throne.  It’s exactly how we need to face trials and tribulations – we need to run to God – to the source of refuge and strength.  Far too often we tend to run from God when things are rough.  That is not the right approach.

God is our strong tower.  David had experienced that strength time and time again.  He wants to be with God in His tent for eternity.  He knows that worshipping God there is important.  He prays that God’s wings will cover him.  This mighty warrior who has had success over his enemies time and time again still realizes that God is far stronger and he wants to take shelter in Him.  The constant attacks wear us down, but God can provide rest and protection that is far beyond what we can create on our own.

David reminds God that he has committed to walking with his Father.  “For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name”. David has often told God of his desire to live in His presence.  And he claims the legacy of that walk – a spiritual heritage that can be passed down generation to generation.  He prays that God will prolong his life and time as king so he can “sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day“.  David wants to glorify God through his obedience and faithfulness in walking with Him.


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