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. 1 For the leader; with stringed instruments. You will find the words always and *for ever in this psalm. 18:30; Pro. 1871-8. I. AMP. a tower of strength against the foe. 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. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. For thou hast been a shelter for me,.... Or "refuge"F25מחסה "asylum", Tigurine version, Vatablus; "perfagium", Cocceius; "refugium", Michaelis. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock … 30:5; a refuge linked to a stronghold in Ps. 3 From the ends of the earth * I call;. And a strong tower from the enemy - literally, 'from the face of the enemy' (Proverbs 18:10). 1874-1909. For thou hast been a shelter… a strong tower—A bringing out the figure of “the rock… higher than I,” in previous verse. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". It is generally to God as a God of providence, rather than of salvation, that reference is made. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. 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. 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. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-61.html. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". That reason seems to be founded on two considerations: (a) God had thus shown that he had power to deliver him; and. I would not deny that there may be an allusion to the cherubim when he speaks of the shadow of God’s wings. Coming Soon! Psalm 61:3, NLT: "for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me." For thou hast been a shelter for me - and always art so. Psa 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 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. It is the history of himself, and there is a reality about it to convince, which the history of another can scarcely ever have. To him that presides upon Neginah; a Psalm of David.. It is manifest that, with David, to call to mind past mercies was to expect future. Psalm 61:3 - Bible Gateway. 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. Psalm 61#In Hebrew texts 61:1-8 is numbered 61:2-9.For the director of music. 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". Psalm 61:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here. 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. Psalm 62:1 In Hebrew texts 62:1-12 is numbered 62:2-13. He comes forth with His strong right hand to destroy this nest of robbers. God comforted her then; why not now? He refers here to what had occurred in former times. 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 … 4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. 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. 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. Proverbs 18:10. “For thou hast been a shelter for me, anda strong tower from the enemy.”. II. 1909-1922. The grace of God shall be his constant comfort. 1999. shelter … and strong tower — repeat the same sentiment. It begins with his desperate cry to God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-61.html. Someone else wrote verses 6 - 8 so that people could use the psalm after David died. Hear my cry, O God;listen to my prayer. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". 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 ) ; 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. For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. There is no fault to be found with it, except that it does not take the highest ground. , 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. Every fresh discovery of God’s gracious care of us will increase our admiring love, and with our love our happiness. Maybe David wrote verses 6 - 8 so that people could pray for the new king when David was dead! “The psalm is…[so] Messianic that the everlasting kingdom of the Christ alone fulfils its prayer.” (Maclaren) iii. “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) "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 61:1-3. The enemy would have carried them away as slaves, or perhaps have killed them. KJ21. For thou hast been a shelter for me - A place of refuge; a place where I have found safety. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-61.html. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". Psalm 61 To the chief Musician upon Neginah, [A Psalm] of David. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-61.html. 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. And so with other mourners and other trials. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. (3) A strong tower.—Comp. 1865-1868. 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. Psalms 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy. Psalm 61 is a beloved camp song. 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. He is despairing, lost, and struggling. Assurance of God’s Eternal Protection - To the Chief Musician. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". BibliographyGill, John. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-61.html. 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? Remember that the children wanted such a refuge just as much as the grown-up people did. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". (y) "asylum", Tigurine version, Vatablus; "perfagium", Cocceius; "refugium", Michaelis. Barnes' Notes on the Bible. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". John Trapp Complete Commentary. Psalm 61 was written by David at a time when he was far from home and safety. Psalm 61:3-4 New International Version (NIV) 3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. The Biblical Illustrator. But is the Lord’s arm shortened that He cannot save? a refuge linked to a shield in 2 Sam. 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. my heart grows faint. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, 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. 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.) Of David. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-61.html. Raise me up, set me on a rock, 4 for you are my refuge,. With their usual meaning, this is true. 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. Perhaps he recollected how he had been saved from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear--how wonderfully he had been enabled to smite down the uncircumcised Philistine; and then, remembering that God was still the same God, he took courage, and felt it impossible that he could now be deserted. 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. 1 (To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.) I shall, I doubt not, … Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. listen to my prayer! We are not anxious about the method, but only as to the thing. Psalm 61:3, NASB: "For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy." Psalm 62:1 In Hebrew texts 62:1-12 is numbered 62:2-13. Let mercies be remembered as well as enjoyed, and they must be as lights in our dark days, and as shields in our perilous. For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Selah. " https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-61.html. PSALMS 61 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page PSALM 61. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". 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. 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? His past experience had been such that David might confidently expect the continuation of God's help. ( 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. Psalm 62:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8. 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. b The argument is quite correct so far as it goes. O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. With stringed instruments. We must run away at once and hide ourselves in Jesus. By the words which immediately follow, he shows that he did not, like too many uninformed persons, attach a superstitious importance to the mere externals of religion, adding, that he found his safety under the shadow of God’s wings. 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 ) ; take refuge in the shelter of your wings. and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. (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. For thou hast been a shelter for me - A place of refuge; a place where I have found safety. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/psalms-61.html. Psalm 60:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here. David not only speaks of the safety, but of the blessedness also. 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. Nor is this the only enemy that makes us need the strong tower. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-61.html. 62:7, "the rock of my strength" 61:4 Psalm 61:4 has two COHORTATIVE VERBS. (1a) The empowerment of the Messiah's ministry. Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 1871-8. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". 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. Saul knew that the favor of God had departed from him and had been given to David, and his own failures h… 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. (a) God had thus shown that he had power to deliver him; and. Ver. Chapters 15-18). Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 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. There was safety, and loving care. (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. Psalm 61:3, CSB: "for you have been a refuge for me, a strong tower in the face of the enemy." He is the Almighty. Past mercies inspire confidence for the future. 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. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". As men cry, "Long live the king, "so we hail with acclamation our enthroned Immanuel, and cry, "Let mercy and truth preserve him." We have often to run away from ourselves. 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. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Psalms 61:3". Out of the Mouth of the Messiah A. Let us think of the Lord as a strong tower. Our tempers perhaps are passionate, and set us all on fire, like robbers used to do to the cottages and homes of the people. In one way or another, keep the past before you, if you would look the future calmly in the face. 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. "I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Psalms 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy. 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. BibliographyCalvin, John. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. 1870. "Commentary on Psalms 61:3". 3. Psalms 61:4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. In that case, the Hebrew particle, which we have rendered for or because, may be understood rather in an affirmative sense, surely or certainly. He had had proof, and he knew and was “persuaded that he was able to keep that,” etc. a 5 Let me dwell in your tent forever,. 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. What a beautiful relationship king David had with the Lord. 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. Browse Sermons on Psalm 61:1-3. Think what a safe refuge we have when the Lord is our strong tower. 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