objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
61: When feeling weak
the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.
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
A plea to God to hear him
my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.
As he feels he is weakening, he asks to be lifted up
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
He has known the Lord in the past as his security, his protection
you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.
He longs to be close to the Lord now
long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your
His relationship with God means He has blessed him
you, God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those
who fear your name.
So now he asks for long life and for future generations
the days of the king's life,
his years for many generations.
He asks for protection from God's loving faithfulness
he be enthroned in God's presence forever;
appoint your love and faithfulness to
As he receives this, so he will praise the Lord and maintain his
I will ever sing in praise of your name
and fulfill my vows day after day.
Thoughts: When feeling weak, turn to the Lord and remember
all He has done for you as you give Him your heart, and receive
to Psa 62