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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 61: When feeling weak


For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.


[Preliminary Comments: A simple short song, a prayer [v.1] when David apparently feels weak [v.2]. He brings himself reassurance by the protection he has known of the Lord in the past [v.3]. He longs for their close relationship [v.4] for he is what he is because the Lord has blessed him [v.5]. This encourages him to pray for a long life [v.6] receiving god's loving faithfulness [v.7] so he can continue to praise and worship the Lord every day. [v.8]



v.1 A plea to God to hear him


v.1  Hear my cry, O God;
     listen to my prayer.


v.2 As he feels he is weakening, he asks to be lifted up


v.2  From the ends of the earth I call to you,
     I call as my heart grows faint;
     lead me to the rock that is higher than I.


v.3 He has known the Lord in the past as his security, his protection

v.3  For you have been my refuge,
     a strong tower against the foe.


v.4 He longs to be close to the Lord now


v.4  I long to dwell in your tent forever
     and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.


v.5 His relationship with God means He has blessed him

v.5  For you, God, have heard my vows;
     you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.


v.6 So now he asks for long life and for future generations


v.6  Increase the days of the king's life,
     his years for many generations.


v.7 He asks for protection from God's loving faithfulness

v.7  May he be enthroned in God's presence forever;
     appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.


v.8 As he receives this, so he will praise the Lord and maintain his worship


v.8  Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
     and fulfill my vows day after day.



[Additional Thoughts: When feeling weak, turn to the Lord and remember all He has done for you as you give Him your heart, and receive His reassurances.]



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