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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 61

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Second Book of Psalms (c 42-72)
Message: Prayer for Security and Assurance (v 1-8)

Psalms 61 Commentary

(61:1-2) God Never Abandons Us - David must have been far from home when he wrote this psalm. Fortunately, God is not limited to any geographic location. Even when we are among unfamiliar people and surroundings, God never abandons us. A higher rock would be a place of refuge and safety. God's all-surpassing strength is always with us.

(61:5) Our Inheritance - The inheritance David was writing about was a guaranteed place in the Promised Land. Our inheritance takes the form of a place reserved for us with God in his eternal kingdom. (See Galatians 3:29 and Ephesians 1:9-14 for more on how God has given us an inheritance through Abraham.) 

(61:8) Praising God - David continually praised God through both the good and difficult times of his life. Do you find something to praise God for each day? As you do, you will find your heart elevated from daily distractions and concerns to lasting confidence.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our Strong Tower

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 61. In our text today, we see a theme of a Prayer for Security and Assurance as David acknowledges the Lord as a Shelter and a Strong Tower as he escapes from Absalom's Rebellion. In applying, we can trust that the Lord will answer our cries for help wherever we are. Many face the same challenges and even persecution for their faith today, like David. The same Lord who helped David can help us, too, no matter what we face in these last days. How about you? Do you face challenges from others? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that our Lord is our Strong Tower and Security in time of need.


Psalm 61

Psalm 61

 1Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

 2From 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.

 3For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

 4I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

 5For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

 6Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.

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

 8So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.