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. 30:5; a refuge linked to a stronghold in Ps. The mother who has lost a child, and yet has been enabled, when that child was carried forth to the burial, to exclaim, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord”--what right has she to be confounded or dismayed when another child seems sickening, as though it were about to die? Psalm 61 was written by David at a time when he was far from home and safety. 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. Browse Sermons on Psalm 61:1-3. And so with other mourners and other trials. Psalms 61:1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my 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. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-61.html. 1871-8. 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 ) ; He is despairing, lost, and struggling. For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 61:1-3. David not only speaks of the safety, but of the blessedness also. 59:16; here a refuge linked to a "tower of strength" (cf. Psalm 61:1 In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9. Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. As men cry, "Long live the king, "so we hail with acclamation our enthroned Immanuel, and cry, "Let mercy and truth preserve him." Selah. Of David. 1865-1868. Both of these are proper grounds for prayer. 1905-1909. a 5 Let me dwell in your tent forever,. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Psalm 61 To the chief Musician upon Neginah, [A Psalm] of David. God had protected him when in danger, and he pleads that fact as a reason why God should now interpose and deliver him. Psalm 61:3-4 New International Version (NIV) 3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. That reason seems to be founded on two considerations: (a) God had thus shown that he had power to deliver him; and. “The promises of the Lord have found their focus in the messiahship of Jesus the Christ, whose rule is established by the promise and reward of the Father (Ephesians 4:7-13).” (VanGemeren) "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". Assurance of God’s Eternal Protection - To the Chief Musician. 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 … AMPC. Chapters 15-18). Psalms 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy. For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. But is the Lord’s arm shortened that He cannot save? "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". Raise me up, set me on a rock, 4 for you are my refuge,. Used by Permission. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-61.html. 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. 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. listen to my prayer! O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. And so is it in the Lord’s strong tower. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". Psalm 60:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here. KJ21. 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. 62:7, "the rock of my strength" 61:4 Psalm 61:4 has two COHORTATIVE VERBS. 1 (To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.) He refers here to what had occurred in former times. 1870. For Thou hast been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy. What a beautiful relationship king David had with the Lord. "E.W. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. "I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. After being plucked from his father’s flocks and assigned to be a bodyguard and musician for King Saul, David was constantly sent out into battle and eventually hunted down by the king himself. Pro. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". 3 From the ends of the earth * I call;. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. On a stringed instrument. Psalm 61:3, NASB: "For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy." For you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. (y) "asylum", Tigurine version, Vatablus; "perfagium", Cocceius; "refugium", Michaelis. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-61.html. Let us think of the Lord as a strong tower. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". For thou hast been a shelter for me - A place of refuge; a place where I have found safety. Whenever temptation comes to you remember that none of us can fight this enemy by ourselves. It is manifest that, with David, to call to mind past mercies was to expect future. Remember that the children wanted such a refuge just as much as the grown-up people did. 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. From the ends of the earth I call to you,I 1832. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/psalms-61.html. 1905. 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. (a) God had thus shown that he had power to deliver him; and. Thus will life be to eternity what the past is now to the future, the supplying motive to a yet heartier rejoicing in the Lord our God. 3. Out of the Mouth of the Messiah A. It is generally to God as a God of providence, rather than of salvation, that reference is made. 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. Let mercies be remembered as well as enjoyed, and they must be as lights in our dark days, and as shields in our perilous. John Trapp Complete Commentary. He is the Almighty. He had had proof, and he knew and was “persuaded that he was able to keep that,” etc. 2 Hear my cry, O God,. 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 … "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". 1840-57. In one way or another, keep the past before you, if you would look the future calmly in the face. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Our tempers perhaps are passionate, and set us all on fire, like robbers used to do to the cottages and homes of the people. What the Messiah will do. Thou hast been— A remembrance of former mighty perils and deliverances. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". ( Psalm 91:4 , King James Version ) Use the shelter of God for prayer, for comfort, for times of grief, for thanksgiving, for praise, and whatever other circumstances you are placed in. The psalmist had good ground for the determination which he cordially expresses. 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. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. BibliographyGill, John. The feelings sometimes are full of anger and hatred, like those cruel men. 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. (Psalm 63:7, King James Version) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. When I was going over that great castle, I thought that it was a very good place to hide in, but not a very comfortable place to live in. For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, A strong tower against the enemy. David's personal claim to sit enthroned for ever is but a foreshadowing of the revealed privilege of all true believers. With stringed instruments. III. Proverbs 18:10. We are not anxious about the method, but only as to the thing. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-61.html. “The psalm is…[so] Messianic that the everlasting kingdom of the Christ alone fulfils its prayer.” (Maclaren) iii. 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. To him that presides upon Neginah; a Psalm of David.. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. 61:3 Much of the imagery used to describe God has military connotations. Psalm 61:1 In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9. In times of danger and difficulty he quickly fled for refuge into the safe-keeping of his Shield and Defender. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". a tower of strength against the foe. (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. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-61.html. BibliographyClarke, Adam. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-61.html. Verses 1-8: David may have written this wonderful psalm when his own son, Absalom, temporarily drove him away from his throne in Israel (2 Sam. Every man may say it, because on his behalf--as actually on his behalf as though he had been a solitary offender--did God’s own Son take on Him human nature, undergo ignominy, and die as a propitiation. Psalms 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy. [ a] I shall, I doubt not, … Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". (3) A strong tower.—Comp. The word list says that they mean the same thing. 22:31; Ps. David is recognized as the author of this psalm, and he frequently found himself in situations where the entire world was against him. 1909-1922. 3. Every fresh discovery of God’s gracious care of us will increase our admiring love, and with our love our happiness. (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. ASV. On the other hand, the remainder of the psalm is occupied with returning praise to God for his present goodness; and there is no reason why we should not suppose, that these words before us form the commencement of the thanksgiving. Psalm 61:3, NLT: "for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-61.html. For thou hast been a shelter for me - and always art so. For thou hast been a shelter for me,.... Or "refuge"F25מחסה "asylum", Tigurine version, Vatablus; "perfagium", Cocceius; "refugium", Michaelis. Ver. II. It would never have done for the mother to have left her little child, or the father his boys and maidens. A Psalm of David. 18:10) in Ps. take refuge in the shelter of your wings. b AMP. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. It begins with his desperate cry to God. Psalm 62:1 In Hebrew texts 62:1-12 is numbered 62:2-13. Psalm 61:3, CSB: "for you have been a refuge for me, a strong tower in the face of the enemy." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-61.html. For Thou hast been a shelter to me, and a strong tower from the enemy. "For thou hast been a refuge for me, a strong tower" (Psalms 61:3). Its title may be said to have been written on the day of conversion, and each following page on every succeeding day. Psalm 61:3 - Bible Gateway. 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. “I will trust in the covert of Thy wings” (Psalms 61:4). Ver. 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? Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. 1. 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. Past mercies inspire confidence for the future. PSALMS 61 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page PSALM 61. 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 ) ; This is the first of two reasons (the other is in Psalms 61:5 ) that the psalmist advances as reasons why God should hear him. Psalm 61:3. For thou hast been a refuge for me, A strong tower from the enemy. There is no fault to be found with it, except that it does not take the highest ground. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. There is much probability in either supposition. 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. Someone else wrote verses 6 - 8 so that people could use the psalm after David died. Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 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. Coming Soon! Psalm 61 is a beloved camp song. ; From the end of the earth I cry to you; when my heart fails lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. “For thou hast been a shelter for me, anda strong tower from the enemy.”. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. Selah. " The Almighty power goes around us to defend us, and the arms that encircle us are the arms of Love, (Mark Guy Pearse.). a refuge linked to a shield in 2 Sam. 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. Psalm 61#In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9.For the director of music. 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. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-61.html. We must run away at once and hide ourselves in Jesus. 3For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 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. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Only we must remember, that David did not rest in carnal ordinances, the elements of the world, (404) but rose by them and above them to the spiritual worship of God. There is not a converted man who has not such a book--the book of his own experience, on whose pages are inscribed the unnumbered things that God has done for himself. 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. There was safety, and loving care. We care not whether or not you do what many have done--accustom yourselves to the keeping a diary in which to register the incidents of life. New York. His past experience had been such that David might confidently expect the continuation of God's help. 1874-1909. Barnes' Notes on the Bible. 18:30; Pro. PSALM 61 * Prayer of the King in Time of Danger. 3. The enemy would have carried them away as slaves, or perhaps have killed them. Psalm 62:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8. For thou hast been a shelter for me - A place of refuge; a place where I have found safety. Of David. God comforted her then; why not now? Psalm 61:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here. 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. He was at the very ends of ‘the earth; his heart was overwhelmed; but as soon as he remembered how God had delivered and shielded him before, he was at once confident that the wings of his protection were stretched over him still. Psalm 61:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here. I. Nor is this the only enemy that makes us need the strong tower. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Psalms 61:4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. 1871-8. (1a) The empowerment of the Messiah's ministry. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-61.html. (H. Melvill, B. D.). BibliographyTrapp, John. 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. Think what a safe refuge we have when the Lord is our strong tower. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. Let us, then, show the soundness of David’s argument. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. We have often to run away from ourselves. Saul knew that the favor of God had departed from him and had been given to David, and his own failures h… "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. And strong tower from the enemy - See the notes at Psalm 18:2. I. Psalm 61:3 German Bible Alphabetical: a against been enemy foe For have me my of refuge strength strong the tower you OT Poetry: Psalm 61:3 For you have been a refuge (Psalm Ps Psa.) Hear my cry, O God;listen to my prayer. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. He comes forth with His strong right hand to destroy this nest of robbers. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. And consider St. Paul’s argument: “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” The apostle here makes the great fact of human redemption--a redemption of which all men, without exception, are the subjects--a reason why God should bestow upon us whatsoever is good; or rather, an evidence that He cannot be willing to withhold from us any real benefit. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock … "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". I would not deny that there may be an allusion to the cherubim when he speaks of the shadow of God’s wings. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. Contributed by Steve Malone on Mar 31, 2020. based on 1 … The Biblical Illustrator. To get what Psalm 61:3 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. But when I got up to the very safest place of all, there I found a most pleasant little cottage; the ivy grew on the thatch, the jessamine and rose hung about the porch, a bird was singing merrily over the door, and from within came the happy laugh of children. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". And a strong tower from the enemy - literally, 'from the face of the enemy' (Proverbs 18:10). 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. 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. In that case, the Hebrew particle, which we have rendered for or because, may be understood rather in an affirmative sense, surely or certainly. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". 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. For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". 1999. shelter … and strong tower — repeat the same sentiment. Hear my cry, O god; attend to my prayer. , 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; 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. For thou hast been a shelter… a strong tower—A bringing out the figure of “the rock… higher than I,” in previous verse. 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. Perfectly Positioned... For A Reset Series. In times of disappointment and distress he raced into the safety of his strong Fortress and hid under the shadow of God’s protective wings. There was strength, and there was comfort too. With their usual meaning, this is true. 1 For the leader; with stringed instruments. The argument is quite correct so far as it goes. Psalm 62:1 In Hebrew texts 62:1-12 is numbered 62:2-13. Thou hast been a shelter for me, and there was comfort too the Hebrew Selah... 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