Save me from this...



"Save me from this"


is often

our

heart cry.


This page will explore

that heart cry

and the backdrop will be:


Psalm 61

A Psalm of David


Psalm 61

Guides us

toward the goal of

Getting Help from God.


A song of Psalm 61:1-4


Hear my cry, O God



Verses 1-2


 1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

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.


In these verses we feel the intensity of the depths of life's problems.

David was obviously feeling that intensity when he wrote down this psalm.

These verses were penned to minister to those who are struggling.

Anyone who has followed God for any length of time has been in this place of overwhelm-ed-ness.


In the Night


Many times we experience this in the deep darkness of midnight or later. 

The darkness of the night adds to our midnight moaning.

We feel the loneliness as we look out our window and picture others contentedly sleeping.

The quietness of the night and the silence of God can be deafening.



In the Light

Sometimes the attack comes in the daytime.

Woe unto us if this feeling attacks us and tears at us during our work day.

Sometimes it creeps up on us as we observe it coming.

At other times, it pounces on us without warning.


No matter what,

No matter when,

No matter where -

children of the Living God cry out,

"HELP!!!!!!!!!!"


So as I read these verses
I too can cry out with the emotions of David.


Praying the Scriptures


Lord God,

My heart is overwhelmed!

Help me.

Come to my assistance.

Come to my aid.

I need you, right now!

Rescue me.

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Amen!

Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


Lead me to the Rock


An Encouraging Song

that says:

Lead me to the Rock.




For who is God except our Lord?

Who but he is as a rock?

Psalm 18:31




Dear Lord,

Fill me with your strength.

Guide my emotions upward.

Show me the right path.

In Jesus' name I pray,

Amen

Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


Verse 3


 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.


In this verse,

God wants to remind us of who he is.


He is not just someone.

He is the KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS.

He is more POWERFUL than anything on earth or in the heavenlies.

Our God knows

what we are going through.

He is protecting us.

With God on our side, whom shall we fear?


Verse 3 inspires us to say out-loud:


God is my Shelter.

God is my Strong Tower.

God is my PROTECTOR.


Speaking out-loud

brings strength into

our mind, our emotions, and our will.


This is true especially
when we are speaking Scripture.


We cannot expect to speak
one time
and get lots of results.


We have to be dedicated
to speak out God's word
often
if we want to see awesome results
in us and in our circumstances.


God wants us to pull up memories
of times when God has helped and protected us.

~

God wants us to gain strength
from remembering who he is and what he has done.


Lord God,

You come to bring me strength.

You come to bring me courage.

You wipe away my tears.

I will follow you.

Amen

Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


Verse 4


4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.


In the first part of this verse,
God wants us to focus on "abiding" with him.


I will Abide.


David promises to "abide" with God forever.

To abide is to stay close to God.

David is reminding God of his commitment to live for Him.

David is saying, "I'm not just going to seek your hand of help, I am going to daily seek your face."

David is telling God that he is going to maintain a deep relationship with Him.




I will trust in the covert of thy wings.


Covert could be translated as

Hiding Place

-

We have a hiding place under his wings.

- -


TRUST 


-


Part of spiritual growth

is growing in our

trust for God.


I encourage you to read

the next sentences and

EMPHASIZE the RED words.


I will trust God.

I WILL trust God.

I will TRUST God.

I will trust GOD.



Selah

means
Pause and think about that.



Verse 5


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


The vows that David is talking about are vows
to respect and serve God.

David gave his life to God.

David was a man after God's own heart.
Acts 13:22



Not every promise in the Bible is for everyone.

Those who abide in Jesus, seek his face, seek to obey him - they have a great heritage. It is a heritage of those that fear his name.

Fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Psalm 111:10a


We have lost the understanding of the Fear of the Lord. People today too often treat God as their servant.


I heard a quote once that said:


Everyone wants to serve God,

but most only in an advisory capacity.

Unknown author


Those who receive the heritage of God are those who truly love him and respect him.


They treat him as a beloved Father
AND
they also treat him as they should treat
The
King of the World.


Verses 6


6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.


Here, David is speaking of himself.

David is the king.

David is referring to himself.

~  ~

This verse is a favorite of mine in The Living Bible.

Here is the way The Living Bible presents it:


"You will give me added years of life, as rich and full as those of many generations, all packed into one.
And I shall live before the Lord forever."

Psalm 61:6-7a TLB


Verse 7


7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.


Here David is referring to himself just as he did in the previous verse.

David is promising God to abide with HIM and before HIM forever.

David is also asking for

God's MERCY

and TRUTH

to minister to him.





God's
Mercy and Truth
protect us and provide for us.


"All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth
unto such as keep his covenant
and his testimonies."

Psalm 25:10 KJV


"But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion,
and gracious, longsuffering,
and plenteous in mercy and truth."

Psalm 86:15 KJV

____


Mercy and Truth Prayer


God of my Salvation,

Soak me in your mercy.

Open my eyes to your truth.

Keep me close to you.

Amen

Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


Verse 8


8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.


David has obviously vowed
to the Lord to do certain things daily.


~  ~  ~


One of them must have been singing to God.


God loves us to sing to Him.

And God knows that we NEED to sing to Him. He made us in such a way that we need to sing to Him.

There are many things that singing to God does for us.

One noteworthy one:

Singing to God will normally uplift our emotions.

Sooooo, he encourages us to sing to Him.


So how about listening to the music below

or

Getting out a CD

or

turn on Christian radio

and SING!


Musical Encouragement



When I call on Jesus....




Consider other pages on this site:

Inspirational Comfort

Prayer during Suffering
Prayer for a Broken Heart

Prayer for Emotional Pain
Hymns that Help Heal

Other Psalms pages are found

on our Bible Devotion page.


"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

Psalm 34:18 NIV 1984


Psalm 61


 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

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.

3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: 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.

6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.

7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

Maranatha Praise Band for "Lead me to the Rock."

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