BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Chapters 15-18). Psalm 61:3, NLT: "for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me." listen to my prayer! Pro. Psalm 61 is a beloved camp song. We speak of Him as the Being who has watched over us from infancy Upwards; and we argue that He who has bestowed so many blessings Will surely not forsake us if we will trust in His protection. 1840-57. Psalms 61:1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. Someone else wrote verses 6 - 8 so that people could use the psalm after David died. (b) it might be expected that God who is unchangeable, and who had interposed, would manifest the same traits of character still, and would not leave him now. 1874-1909. Nor is this the only enemy that makes us need the strong tower. If it be not sound, and God, though He once loved us and sought to do us good, doth now no longer love us, then He, the unchangeable must have changed. 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. He had stored in his memory evidences both of the love and might of the Redeemer to which in the hour of trial he could appeal. Psalm 61:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, For thou hast been a shelter… a strong tower—, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. And so is it in the Lord’s strong tower. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. For thou hast been a refuge for me, A strong tower from the enemy. 2 Hear my cry, O God,. Our tempers perhaps are passionate, and set us all on fire, like robbers used to do to the cottages and homes of the people. Ver. He refers here to what had occurred in former times. Assurance of God’s Eternal Protection - To the Chief Musician. That reason seems to be founded on two considerations: (a) God had thus shown that he had power to deliver him; and. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". And, perhaps, there is hardly the use made which there might be of the grand fact of redemption, when men are to be urged to dependence on God, or to confidence in His mercy. It would never have done for the mother to have left her little child, or the father his boys and maidens. my heart grows faint. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-61.html. Psalms 61:4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. BibliographyClarke, Adam. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock … BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. For thou hast been a shelter for me - A place of refuge; a place where I have found safety. (3) A strong tower.—Comp. Hundreds, probably thousands, of campers have come to Camp Wyoming in the summer and sat around the campfire, singing these words and reflecting on their meaning. For thou hast been a shelter for me] Thou hast, and therefore thou wilt, is an ordinary Scripture medium, and well it may; for God is unchangeable, and his decree for preserving his people is (as the poet saith well) ου παλιναγρε τον, Irrevocable. Psalm 62:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8. Remember that the children wanted such a refuge just as much as the grown-up people did. 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. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. Every fresh discovery of God’s gracious care of us will increase our admiring love, and with our love our happiness. He is despairing, lost, and struggling. We have his testimony in other parts of his writings, that in the worst calamities which he endured, he experienced nothing which could be compared to the bitterness of being shut out from the ordinances of religion; and now he accounts it a higher pleasure to lie as a suppliant before the altar, than to sit upon the throne of a king. Psalms 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me Or "refuge" F25 , from avenging justice; a hiding place and covert from the storms and tempests of divine wrath; a shadow and a screen from the heat of Satan's fiery darts, and the blast of his terrible temptations, ( Isaiah 25:4 ) ; Whenever temptation comes to you remember that none of us can fight this enemy by ourselves. And if we did the like, then we should not be, as we too often are, dismayed by the prospect of any new trial, or as much disheartened by the pressure of some new burden, as though we never had experienced the supports and consolations which the Almighty can bestow. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Psalms 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me Or "refuge" F25 , from avenging justice; a hiding place and covert from the storms and tempests of divine wrath; a shadow and a screen from the heat of Satan's fiery darts, and the blast of his terrible temptations, ( Isaiah 25:4 ) ; Maybe David wrote verses 6 - 8 so that people could pray for the new king when David was dead! Think what a safe refuge we have when the Lord is our strong tower. Psalm 61:1 In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9. Those hast been a shelter for me - During the whole duration of the captivity God marvellously dealt with the poor Jews; so that, although they were cast down, they were not utterly forsaken. Why should she recoil from the new trial as certainly more than she can bear, when she has the memory of support given her in her former affliction? It begins with his desperate cry to God. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". Both of these are proper grounds for prayer. He would seem rather to be rejoicing in restoration already obtained, than assuaging his grief by anticipation of it in the future; and this will be still more apparent, when we come to consider the immediate context. Nothing animates our hopes more than the recollection of the past goodness of God, and, in the midst of his prayers, we frequently find David indulging in reflections of this kind. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-61.html. 1871-8. It is in this way that we would have you live over again times and seasons of extraordinary mercies, in order that you may be nerved for extraordinary trials. 1905-1909. Proverbs 18:10. And note, too, the striking expression of St. Paul, “I know whom I have believed.” It was no mere report or hearsay with him, that God was a merciful Father, or Christ a powerful Saviour. Let us, then, show the soundness of David’s argument. II. AMP. He is the Almighty. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 61:1-3. Psalm 62:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8. 3For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 59:16; here a refuge linked to a "tower of strength" (cf. "I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-61.html. With their usual meaning, this is true. KJ21. In the verse which follows, he expresses the confidence which he had that he would dwell from this time forth in the sanctuary of the Lord. Passage: Psalm 61 Target Audience: Kindergarten-4th Grade (can be adapted for older or younger children) Teaching Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour Materials Needed: Bibles, blank paper, markers, something to make a tent Optional Materials: if you want to be able to send the kids home with something each week, you can print the text of the Psalm on one side of a piece of paper and on the … Psalm 60:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here. For Thou hast been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy. For thou hast been a shelter… a strong tower—A bringing out the figure of “the rock… higher than I,” in previous verse. For it is not every man, who, like David, has been wondrously delivered from the vicious, uncicumcised Philistine, and who can therefore say of his Maker, “Thou hast been a shelter for me.” Still every man may say this, though he may be quite unable to trace any single interposition, or speak of special instances in which he has been secured by the shelter of the Almighty--every man may say it, because he has had a share in the general providence of God, having been fed by His bounty, and guarded by His power. “For thou hast been a shelter for me, anda strong tower from the enemy.”. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. With stringed instruments. ASV. Coming Soon! What the Messiah will do. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". Of David. 3.For thou hast been my hope Here we may suppose, either that he calls to his remembrance such benefits as he had formerly received, or that he congratulates himself upon deliverance which he had presently experienced. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. The word list says that they mean the same thing. And strong tower from the enemy - See the notes at Psalm 18:2. and a strong tower from the enemy: from Satan the devouring lion, from furious persecutors, and every other enemy; see Proverbs 18:10; and this experience the psalmist had of protection from the Rock in former times made him desirous of being led to it now. On a stringed instrument. It is generally to God as a God of providence, rather than of salvation, that reference is made. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-61.html. David's personal claim to sit enthroned for ever is but a foreshadowing of the revealed privilege of all true believers. For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.O God, listen to my cry!Hear my prayer!From the ends of the earth,I cry to you for helpwhen my heart is overwhelmed. 1 For the leader; with stringed instruments. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". David not only speaks of the safety, but of the blessedness also. The mercies, therefore, that memory adduces cannot have exhausted Him; otherwise He were not Almighty; nay, they actually pledge Him to assist me, otherwise He were not unchangeable. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". BibliographyCalvin, John. By the words which immediately follow, he shows that he did not, like too many uninformed persons, attach a superstitious importance to the mere externals of religion, adding, that he found his safety under the shadow of God’s wings. 1909-1922. 3. 3. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-61.html. As men cry, "Long live the king, "so we hail with acclamation our enthroned Immanuel, and cry, "Let mercy and truth preserve him." Strive to acquire the habit of noting and recording the blessings you receive; so that you may have, as it were, books to which to refer. For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name. Christians should study the history of eminent saints, in order that, through observing what deliverances have been wrought for others, they may be encouraged to expect deliverance for themselves. O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Ignorant persons might conceive of God as necessarily confined to the outward tabernacle, but David only improved this symbol of the Divine presence as a means of elevating the spiritual exercises of his faith. 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