Ver. Psalm 11. A HYMN OF CONFIDENCE. Some render it, I shall dwell in thy tent or pavilion royal, making it a metaphor from warfare, where those that are in the king's own tent must needs be in greatest safety. We are low and grovelling, but it towers like some tall cliff far above us. We reign in him; in him we are made to sit together in the heavens. He was in terrible earnest; he shouted, he lifted up his voice on high. It is the sinner's cry to the sinner's Saviour! To pray in some circumstances needs resolve, and the psalmist here expresses it. The heart is here represented to us as being overwhelmed, or, as it is otherwise translated, "covered over; "it is smothered in, unable to perform its functions with proper action, unable to throw out the blood to the extremities, to give them needed vitality and power for necessary effort. If we suffer, it is the heritage of the saints; if we are persecuted, are in poverty, or in temptation, all this is contained in the title deeds of the heritage of the chosen. Bible > Bible Commentary; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David; Psalm; Psalm 63; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David << Psalm 62 | Psalm 63 | Psalm 64 >> (Read all of Psalm 63) Exposition - Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings Hints to the Village Preacher TITLE. The New Testament It is not a rock, the top of which just shows itself above the sea, no higher than a man's own body, that will save the life of a shipwrecked mariner. of Scripture. Give it thy consideration, and such an answer as thy wisdom sees fit. John Singleton(-1706), in "The Morning Exercises.". Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Verse 7. Jesus Christ is a high place; he is as high as heaven. Psalm 8. Sng 2:14; Psalm 141:2. O God, listen to my cry! Thus the soul, being lifted up to God, returns to the enjoyment of itself. -------------------- Ver. Jeduthun was among those Commentary on Psalm 62:5-12 View Bible Text . We are made heirs, joint heirs with all the saints, partakers of the same portion. Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings. To be absent from the place of divine worship was a sore sorrow to saints in the olden times; they looked upon the tabernacle as the centre of the world, and they counted themselves to be at the fag end of the universe when they could no longer resort to the sacred shrine; their heart was heavy as in a strange land when they were banished from its solemnities. 3. In Colossians 1:12, the apostle exhorts them "to give thanks unto the Father, who hath made them meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light." Verses 1-2.—One ejaculation begetteth another. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Retain the Refrain! Thus did David. This tower and rock were too high for David himself to get into, and therefore he sets to the scaling ladder. The prayer of Psalms 61:1 is certain of an answer because of the experience of Psalms 61:5, since we deal with an immutable God. SUBJECT AND DIVISION.—This Psalm is a pearl. Ver. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Verse 6.—Our King, his eternal existence, our personal joy in this, and our joy for our descendants. 2. Psalms 78. Verse 2.From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. To share with such men, to be treated by God with the same favour as he metes out to them, is matter for endless thanksgiving. Experience is the nurse of faith. Vol. Experience is the nurse of faith. Rest we well may when we reach this point. Lead me to the rock, or as it is in the Prayer book version, "Set me upon the rock that is higher than I!" It is little, but precious. Historical Books When? I will cry. The second verse leads us to believe that it was written during the psalmist's enforced exile from the tabernacle, which was the visible abode of God: if so, the period of Absalom's rebellion has been most suitably suggested as the date of its authorship, and Delitzsch is correct in entitling it, "Prayer and thanksgiving of an expelled King on his way back to his throne. Hear my cry; attend unto my prayer (yet no words thereof mentioned); and Psalms 61:2. 2. Even the harp may be eloquently silent when deep, profound calm completely fills the bosom, and sorrow has sobbed itself into a peaceful slumber. So here David foretells the uninterrupted succession of the kingdom down to the time of Christ. Psalm 61:5 "For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given [me] the heritage of those that fear thy name." Wherever we are, we have liberty to draw near to God, and may find a way open to the throne of grace. The vessel in which he has been sailing has sunk. He wrote the verses and himself sang them to the stringed instrument whose sound he loved so well. What we promise him is his due already, and yet he deigns to accept our vows as if we were not so much his servants as his free suitors who could give or withhold at pleasure. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. It is all over with me, affliction is all over me; it encompasses me as a cloud, it swallows me up like a sea, it shuts me in with thick darkness, yet God is near, near enough to hear my voice, and I will call him. Stay connected In Col 1:12, the apostle exhorts them "to give thanks unto the Father, who hath made them meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light." David having declared in his own behalf the purpose of God towards him for everlasting salvation, he, speaking of himself, shall abide before God for ever: he withal considering what he was to run through in this life, and what it might require to keep him unto the end, and so for ever, doth presently thereupon, in way of prayer, subjoin prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve me. Christ must be viewed as living in his members to the end of the world. Ver. John Trapp. Verse 2.—"Cry." He is despairing, lost, and struggling. A clergyman of one of the coast villages has with immense labour cut steps up from the beach to a large chamber, which he has excavated in the chalk cliffs; here many mariners have been saved; they have climbed the rock, which had else been too high for them, and they have escaped. J. Burns, D. D. I. General Epistles Psalm 58. Indeed. He who communes with God is always at home. For what would he pray? C. H. Spurgeon :: Psalm 61 ← Back to C. H. Spurgeon's Bio & Resources. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed Because my prayer is answered, my song shall be perpetual; because Jesus for ever sits at thy right hand, it shall be acceptable; because I am preserved in him, it shall be grateful. The ground of it, "He shall abide," etc. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF C. H. SPURGEON Within this set you can access other study helps [ bible, theology, commentary, sermons, and more ]. The illustration is self interpreting. This tower and rock were too high for David himself to get into, and therefore he sets to the scaling ladder. Covert of thy wings. Job 11:7. (Psalm 61:7). A Psalm by David. Pentateuch II. Spurgeon noted that this psalm is a pearl: little but precious. We have heard of late, however, that the steps have been worn away by the storms, and that poor sailors have perished miserably within sight of the refuge which they could not reach, for it was too high for them: it is therefore proposed to drive in iron stanchions, and to hang up chain ladders that shipwrecked mariners may reach the chambers in the rock. Prophets We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise. Hear my cry, attend unto my prayer." GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Title. David, considering his many perils, enjoyed a long and prosperous reign. "Lead me to the rock," cries the poor perishing wretch. If sincere, thou wilt vow to praise him for it, and serve him with it. To this Isaiah alludes when he says, "Who shall declare his generation or age? The title of this psalm is, A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. These are troubles which struggle with us, as it were, for life and death; troubles which would leave us helpless wrecks; troubles which enter into conflict with us in our prime, which grapple with us in our health and strength, and threaten to conquer us by sheer force, no matter how bravely we may contend. John Calvin. TOP PAGES: adam clarke commentary; godrules.net; psalms 23 commentary; luke 2 commentary; matthew 9 commentary; works of martin luther; psalm 82 commentary; romans 3 commentary; ephesians 4 kjv; genesis 15 : Web: godrules.net: Charles H. Spurgeon… William Jay. ", We might divide the verses according to the sense, but it is preferable to follow the author's own arrangement, and make a break at each SELAH. Thou, O God, hast heard my vows: that is, his prayers, which are always to be put up with vows. Ver. There is a text in Job where the "hypocrites in heart" are spoken of condemningly, because "they cry not when he bindeth them." He who communes with God is always at home. No matter how abrupt the prayer be, so it be the representation of our hearts. None so low but they may yet be set on high. We would worship God de die in diem, going right on as the days roll on. (Psalms 61:7). "O that I could reach it and be safe!" Observe how the psalmist rings the changes on, "Thou hast," and "I will,"—Psalm 61:3-6. Eternal love and immutable faithfulness are the bodyguards of Jesus' throne, and they are both the providers and the preservers of all those who in him are made kings and priests unto God. Psalms - Part 2 - Devotionals from Morning and Evening Indexed by Psalm. Wisdom Literature How soft the cherishing feathers! The rock of our salvation, then, is "higher than we." Commentaries. The tower, in Psalms 18:2, is "an high tower," and the rock is here an high rock, the rock higher than I; and yet there is a way to get into the highest towers; by scaling ladders a man may get over the high walls of towers. Philip Bennett Power. Major Prophets Spurgeon's wife said that if Spurgeon had never written any other work, this would have been a permanent literary memorial. Hewers of wood and drawers of water in the tents of Jehovah are more to be envied than the princes who riot in the pavilions of kings. And this sense suits well with the following words: "I will trust in the covert of thy wings.". Thou wilt prolong the king's life, etc. The prayer of Psalms 61:1 is certain of an answer because of the experience of Psalms 61:5, since we deal with an immutable God. Psalms - Part 1 - Devotionals from Morning and Evening Indexed by Psalm. SUBJECT AND DIVISION. In how many lands, by what various voices, with what manifold emotions, the cries of men are uttered! 3. Divine condescension allows us to appropriate the picture to ourselves, and how blessedly instructive and consoling it is! I will cry unto thee. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a My privilege, I will abide (Psalms 61:4). See the uplifting power of faith and prayer. With this in view we treat very leniently the half unbelieving prayers of awakened souls; for in their bewildered state we cannot expect from them all at once a fully believing cry. We have left the Psalms entitled Michtam, but we shall still find much precious meaning though the golden name be wanting. Psalm 5. Lectures To My Students (30 Sermons) 37. 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It is the great work of faith to cry out after God, at a distance, when you are afraid lest at the next turn he should be quite out of sight. These are troubles which struggle with us, as it were, for life and death; troubles which would leave us helpless wrecks; troubles which enter into conflict with us in our prime, which grapple with us in our health and strength, and threaten to conquer us by sheer force, no matter how bravely we may contend. f2. But what rock? Psalms - Collection of Commentaries Part 1. To many a mourner it has furnished utterance when the mind could not have devised a speech for itself. Higher. Thus he who began at the foot of the rock, half drowned, and almost dead, is here led to the summit, and sings as a priest abiding in the tabernacle, a king ruling with God for ever, and a prophet foretelling good things to come. 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Verse 2.—"Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Theodoret remarks: "The true inheritance is eternal life, concerning which Christ saith to the sheep on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you before the foundation of the world. Verse 6. Prophets Such trouble the psalmist knew. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. Sweet is it beyond expression to remember the lovingkindnesses of the Lord in our former days, for he is unchangeable, and therefore will continue to guard us from all evil. 5. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 19. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … 4. When his spirit "is overwhelmed." It was evidently composed by David after he had come to the throne,—see Psa 61:6. The Old Testament When My Heart Is Overwhelmed Dan Rodgers Psalm 61:1-8 TEXT: Psalm 61:1-8, "Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. When my heart is overwhelmed. He lived to see generation after generation personally; in his descendants he lived as king through a very long period; his dynasty continued for many generations; and in Christ Jesus, his seed and son, spiritually David reigns on evermore. It is not a rock, the top of which just shows itself above the sea, no higher than a man's own body, that will save the life of a shipwrecked mariner. David had given vocal utterance to his prayer by a cry; he will now give expression to his praise by a song: there should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. It was evidently composed by David after he had come to the throne, --see Psalms 61:6. deeper than hell; what canst thou know? How infinitely higher that we are is the salvation of God. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible We vowed perpetual praise, and we desire to render it without intermission. God gave David’s people the land that he had promised them. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient. 1. a prayer of a distraught king. Psalms - Collection of Commentaries Part 2. Minor Prophets Psalm 23. Wherefore he saith, "When ye have done all, say that we are unprofitable servants, for we have only done that which we ought to have done." Lead me to the rock, cries the poor perishing wretch. He shouts aloud for the friendly hand of some one stronger than himself, or for a rope that may be flung to him by those who are already safe on the rock, if by these helps he may gain it. He is not however content with the expression of his need: to give his sorrows vent is not enough for him, he wants actual audience of heaven, and manifold succour as the result. (Psalm 61:7.) It is great mercy on God's part to take any notice of the vows and promises of such faithless and deceitful creatures as we are. Hints to the Village Preacher. Psalm 22. David having declared in his own behalf the purpose of God towards him for everlasting salvation, "he," speaking of himself, "shall abide before God for ever:" he withal considering what he was to run through in this life, and what it might require to keep him unto the end, and so "for ever," doth presently thereupon, in way of prayer, subjoin "O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve me." Ver. The work remains in print today in several editions. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. There can be no doubt, therefore, that the series of years, and even ages, of which he speaks, extends prospectively to the coming of Christ, it being the very condition of the kingdom, as I have often remarked, that God maintained them as one people under on head, or when scattered, united them again. Psalms 61:5 * EXPOSITION. Psalms - Sermons and Devotionals by C H Spurgeon Indexed by Scripture. And that hand can do everything for us, even in our worst of times. Christian Character. The ark, Lot's mountain, the blood stained door in Egypt, the city of refuge, the cave Adullam. ...The text having shown us the danger of sin, does not leave us comfortless; it shows us the security of the refuge. III. We cannot keep ourselves, and nothing short of divine mercy and truth can do it; but these both can and will, nor shall the least of the people of God be suffered to perish. He is not however content with the expression of his need: to give his sorrows vent is not enough for him, he wants actual audience of heaven, and manifold succour as the result. I am at the point to die; and I must sink, and be no more seen for ever, if there is none to help me." Philip Bennett Power, in "The I wills of the Psalms, "1861. David cannot be considered as using these words of gratulation with an exclusive reference to himself. He was banished from the spot which was the centre of his delight, and at the same time his mind was in a depressed and melancholy condition; both actually and figuratively he was an outcast, yet he does not therefore restrain prayer, but rather finds therein a reason for the louder and more importunate cries. ◄Psalm 61:2 ► From the ends of the earth I call out to You whenever my heart is faint. When it comes to crying with us, we need not doubt but that it will come to attending with God. Verse 2. ... Charles Spurgeon. ... (C. H. As in a fort impregnable, David had dwelt, because surrounded by omnipotence. Uplift me when I cannot tread: do for me what is beyond me. Ver. William Jay. Verse 2.—"Higher than I." V. Whence does he derive his encouragement to pray? This may be taken two ways: either naturally, and then it is an allusion to men that are far distant and remote from help, relief and comfort: or, as I may say, ecclesiastically, with reference to the temple of God, which was "in medio terrae, ""in the midst and heart of the land, "where God manifested and gave tokens of his gracious presence and favour: as if he had said, "I am at the end of the earth; far from any tokens, pledges, or manifestations of the love and favour of God, as well as from outward help and assistance." 5. But a rock is not only high, but deep; it not only erects its front above the waves, but its base is fixed in the ocean's bed. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 62 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: In the midst of adversity––beset by enemies––the psalmist declares his faith in God. As in a fort impregnable, David had dwelt, because surrounded by omnipotence. Now, the prayer in our text is the cry of that poor wretch for help. 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