Psalm Chapter 61 (KJV): Ignore Society Be Led By God

(Unless otherwise stated all scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version-Public Domain. Not because I think that it is the best version, but because I don’t have to deal with copyright issues when I post straight from the King James Bible 🙂 ). 

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Psalm Chapter 61 (KJV)


It is possible that David wrote this psalm when Absalom took over the kingdom and named himself king (2 Sam. Chapters 15-18). The psalm is filled with metaphors, specifically metaphors of protection, and references to God’s covenants/binding contracts with Israel. David once again shows readers how to respond to overwhelming and depressing life events through his confidence in God. The psalmist begins this lament in tears but he ends the prayer with praise.

  1. I need your help, Lord (61:1-2).
  2.  My confidence in your sovereignty remains (61:3-7).
  3. I will always be Lord to you my deliverer (61:8).

The rock that is higher than I.

 1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:The psalmist is just worn out. (See Ps. 143:4). He is depressed and is wondering what will happen next. So, he cries out “lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” The psalmist is not at home. The very thought of prayer to “his rock” [a metaphor for protection] so far from home disturbs him.  This is the line in this psalm that indicates that it was wrtten during David’s exile from Israel. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. (See image of protection in Ps 14:6; 46:1; 62:7-8: 71:7; 91:2, 9; 94:22; and 142:5). Regardless of the incident that resulted in David’s departure from his kingdom he still acjknowledged who is the source of his strength.

I will live in your tent forever.

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever:David is foreshadowing the time when we will all be living with God forever. Hebrews 8:5 “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.” Our eternal habitation is with God in heaven. Jews remember this time with the feast of Succoth every single year.  I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

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

“The heritage” that David speaks about here is in reference to the fact that he is heir to the promises made to Abraham, by God. The called out one, the members of the true church of God are also heirs according to the promises. Heirship is contingent on the fact that we fear God and call upon the name of Jesus Christ. For it is only through Jesus that we became heirs to the promise of made to Abraham. Galatians 3:29  shows us that there is a heritage for those who fear God’s name and it comes through Abraham – right now – today! “And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  To fear YHWH is to recognize that YHWH is the center of the universe, having great power that is, was, and will never be matched by any human being.

Pray for the king (David) and the position of kingship.

Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations.  David speaks in the third person here. But he is speaking more so about the position of “king” over all of Israel. He wants the kingly line to continue forever. He shall abide before God forever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. That part of the promises was fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His kingly rule will last forever. Luke 1:32 “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:”  “Mercy and truth”: Combined means “loving loyalty”, when paired these terms are similar to “grace and truth” (see in John 1:14). 

So will I sing praise unto thy name forever, that I may daily perform my vows. David indicates that although Jesus is of his kingly line, Jesus is his “Lord” and he David worships him!



Cayce, Ken. 2017. “Books of the Bible.” Accessed September 20, 2018.

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed September 20, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.


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