The Psalms

Psalm 61

David flees to God upon his former experience, 1-3. He vows perpetual service to him because of his promises, 4-8.

1 [To the Chief Musician upon Neginah. A Psalm of David.] Hear my cry, O God. Attend to my prayer.

2 From the end of the earth I will cry to you when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I am.

3 For you have been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy.

4 I will abide in your tabernacle forever. I will trust in the covert of your wings. [Selah.]

5 For you, O God, have heard my vows. You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

6 You will prolong the king's life. His years shall be as many generations.

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

8 So I will sing praise to your name forever when I daily perform my vows.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 61[➚]


John Calvin's Chapter Summary:

This psalm begins with prayer, or, at any rate, with the brief record of a prayer, which David had preferred to God in a season of deep distress. It is chiefly occupied, however, with the praises of God, expressing his thankfulness for a miraculous deliverance which he had experienced from some imminent danger, and for his establishment upon the throne.