There is a text in Job where the "hypocrites in heart" are spoken of condemningly, because "they cry not when he bindeth them." On creation's verge we may call upon God, for even there he is within call. 5. We are low and grovelling, but it towers like some tall cliff far above us. II. Vows may rightly be joined with prayers when they are lawful, well considered, and truly for God's glory. 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. Grace Triumphant (15 Sermons on the Grace of God) 33. TITLE.—The word Neginah (the singular of Neginoth) may be understood to be synonymous with the kinnor or harp: that is to say, the instrument of eight strings, probably played with a bow or plectrum. And then comes the cry, the agonizing cry, to him that is mighty to save, "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." 2. In how many lands, by what various voices, with what manifold emotions, the cries of men are uttered! Historical Books Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. Exposition. 3. God daily performs his promises, let us daily perform our vows: he keeps his covenant, let us not forget ours. - Universal Beginnings (Chuck Missler), ← Back to C. H. Spurgeon's Bio & Resources. 5. Thomas Brooks. II. We have the same inheritance as the Firstborn himself; what better is conceivable? (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … The forty-fifth was on the lilies, and represented the kingly warrior in his beauty going forth to war; here we see him dividing the spoil and bearing testimony to the glory of God. 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. He is despairing, lost, and struggling. Ver. Philip Bennett Power. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. The illustration is self interpreting. 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.". There is in this expression an endeavour to approach unto God; as you do when you "cry" after one whom you see at a distance, and are afraid he will go farther from you. The rock that is higher than I. Pentateuch The rock that is higher than he, must be higher than any man; for David was a mighty monarch. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF C. H. SPURGEON Within this set you can access other study helps [ bible, theology, commentary, sermons, and more ]. The Greatest Fight in The World (3 Sermons) 34. Spurgeon.) Ver. There is a mint of meaning in this brief prayer. 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. Heart. III. He knows that unless the rock be a high one, he will not be in safety, though he should be on it. Luke-Acts 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. Psalm 13.      But like a child at home. In banishment. -------------------- Website: mp3.sa-media.com. (Psalm 61:3). 2. Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. 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. Happy are the indoor servants who go not out from his presence. Most commentators believe it to belong either to David’s wilderness years before he came to the throne of Israel, or to his brief exile from the throne in the rebellion of Absalom. Mark how our psalmist tells the Lord, as if he knew he were hearing him, that he intended to call upon him: our prayer by reason of our distress may be like to a call upon a far off friend, but our inmost faith has its quiet heart whispers to the Lord as to one who is assuredly our very present help. Ver. There is a heritage peculiar to that people; present comforts in the soul, earnests of future bliss. Is it a sin thou prayest against? He calls it an inheritance, to show that no man obtaineth the kingdom by his own good works; for no man hath so lived as to render himself worthy of the kingdom, but all is of the grace of God. Psalm 4. If Psalm 61 is about David fighting the Syrians, then the *inheritance is the land that David got in the fight. General Epistles William Jay. Psalm 16. Psalm 20. prayer for a king. So he makes prayer the scaling ladder to get upon that rock and into that tower that otherwise had been too high for him; he gets that safety and deliverance which otherwise but by prayer unto God had been impossible to have been obtained. 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." We have before remarked, that the prayer of David, as a shipwrecked man, is, to be "led to, "and set upon a rock, that is higher than himself. F1. 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. A hiding place must be locus exelsissimus. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. If we are honest, many of us can relate to the feelings of David. Let me once get back to thy courts, and nothing shall again expel me from them: even now in my banishment my heart is there; and ever will I continue to worship thee in spirit wherever my lot may be cast. Verse 5.—"Thou, O God, hast heard my vows:" that is, his prayers, which are always to be put up with vows. Community, Friendship. Lord, thou hast need lay up and aforehand prepare an abundance of mercy and truth to preserve me for time to come. Verse 6. -------------------- A seeking soul should at once believe in Jesus, but it is legitimate for a man to ask to be led to Jesus; the Holy Spirit is able to effect such a leading, and he can do it even though the heart be on the borders of despair. It is the sinner's cry to the sinner's Saviour! If you are wondering as to the how and the whom, Psalm 61 offers the answer. David cannot be considered as using these words of gratulation with an exclusive reference to himself. 6. 6. TITLE.—To the Chief Musician. Except you juggle with God, thou wilt vow as well as pray against it. No spot is too dreary, no condition too deplorable; whether it be the world's end or life's end, prayer is equally available. F5. "That I may daily perform my vows." A seeking soul should at once believe in Jesus, but it is legitimate for a man to ask to be led to Jesus; the Holy Spirit is able to effect such a leading, and he can do it even though the heart be on the borders of despair. Ver. Experience is the nurse of faith. Saints are described as fearing the name of God; they are reverent worshippers; they stand in awe of the Lord's authority; they are afraid of offending him, they feel their own nothingness in the sight of the Infinite One. 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We have met with the title of this Psalm before, in Psalms 4:1-8; Psalms 6:1-10; Psalms 54:1-7; Psalms 55:1-23, but with this difference, that in the present case the word is in the singular number: the Psalm itself is very personal, and well adapted for the private devotion of a single individual. Now, the prayer in our text is the cry of that poor wretch for help. II. Spurgeon Verse Expositions - Isaiah 61:1 - 61:11 (Show All Books | Show All Chapters) This Chapter Verse Commentaries: 61:1 - 61:11; 61:1 - 61:11; 61:1 - 61:11; Isa_61:1-2. canst thou find our the Almighty unto perfection? Verse 2.—"Higher than I." 6. Christ must be viewed as living in his members to the end of the world. Commentary on Psalm 62:5-12 View Bible Text . Thus the soul, being lifted up to God, returns to the enjoyment of itself. canst thou find our the Almighty unto perfection? Historical Books Ver. William Jay. It is little, but precious. To the Chief Musician upon Shushaneduth, or the Lily of Testimony. David, considering his many perils, enjoyed a long and prosperous reign. Here we have the humanity of him who is the rock; that humanity by which he was able to go down to the deeps, as well as ride triumphantly on the bosom of the waters—those deeps, whereof David speaking experimentally of himself, spake prophetically of him; the depths of our fall and degradation—that humanity in which he went down into the grave, into the recesses of the intermediate state, and "preached to the spirits in prison." How infinitely higher that we are is the salvation of God. No matter how abrupt the prayer be, so it be the representation of our hearts. Pauline Epistles As if he had said, I have yet a long journey to go, and through many hazards, and thy promise is, I shall abide before thee for ever. Your low houses are soon scaled. 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. Hear my cry;;" "attend unto my prayer" (yet no words thereof mentioned); and Psalm 61:2. And except as he is thus higher, as he is God, he could not be a Saviour; for "He is a just God, as well as a Saviour." (Psalm 61:7.) Works. Thus Hannah prayed herself into a composed state of mind. Psalm 5. Ver. Give it thy consideration, and such an answer as thy wisdom sees fit. We would worship God de die in diem, going right on as the days roll on. Observe how the psalmist rings the changes on, "Thou hast," and "I will,"—Psalm 61:3-6. Verse 2.—"When my heart is overwhelmed." He wrote the verses and himself sang them to the stringed instrument whose sound he loved so well. How does he pray? And that hand can do everything for us, even in our worst of times. Here we have the Deity of Christ, the Rock, set forth; in this he is "higher than we." He implies, therefore, that the refuge he seeks must be more than any "arm of flesh" can afford him; it must be therefore divine. With this we ought to be delighted. Verse 7.—"O prepare mercy." Condensed from a Sermon by Fountain Elwin, 1842. of Scripture. There is in this expression an endeavour to approach unto God; as you do when you cry after one whom you see at a distance, and are afraid he will go farther from you. A HYMN OF CONFIDENCE. Hear my prayer! We are low and grovelling, but it towers like some tall cliff far above us. 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. We are not offered an inscription giving us insight into the occasion of this psalm, but many interpreters believe that it was probably written while David was on the run from Absalom. Verse 6.—Our King, his eternal existence, our personal joy in this, and our joy for our descendants. That I may daily perform my vows. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise. The language is very remarkable. And this sense suits well with the following words: "I will trust in the covert of thy wings.". Faith's greatest triumphs are achieved in her heaviest trials. Ver. Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. The New Testament --words in which he predicts that the church would survive through all ages, notwithstanding the incessant danger of destruction to which it is exposed through the attacks of its enemies, and the many storms assailing it. The original indicates that both the hymn and the musical instrument were David's. 2. The vessel in which he has been sailing has sunk. A recognition of a place of safety; then, II. We reign in him; in him we are made to sit together in the heavens. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Crying is a substitute for speech; and also the expression of earnestness. "O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him." 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 hard to pray when the very heart is drowning, yet gracious men plead best at such times. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, I am confused, and cannot find thee; I am weak, and cannot climb thee. 5. -------------------- Our King, his eternal existence, our personal joy in this, and our joy for our descendants. He was in terrible earnest; he shouted, he lifted up his voice on high. ", 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. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Such a rock may occasion the wreck, but it will not afford any help to the sufferers afterwards; it is a rock to split upon for destruction, not to stand upon for safety. The character of this refuge, and the position of a believer when availing himself of it: the place of refuge is "a rock," and the position of the believer is "upon a rock. Prophets David has made his commitment to God. He is so spent and exhausted, that he cannot reach the rock himself. We would worship God de die in diem, going right on as the days roll on. "From the ends of the earth. From the end of the earth. "I will cry unto thee. 8. A PSALM … He also delivered His people to the sword, And was filled with wrath at His inheritance. "When my heart is overwhelmed:"—when the huge waves of trouble wash over me, and I am completely submerged, not only as to my head, but also my heart. So he makes prayer the scaling ladder to get upon that rock and into that tower that otherwise had been too high for him; he gets that safety and deliverance which otherwise but by prayer unto God had been impossible to have been obtained. No mirth, no music, can be so pleasing to us as the prayers of the saints are pleasing to God. 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. See the uplifting power of faith and prayer. I will abide in thy tabernacle. Psalms - Our Daily Bread - Over 400 devotional illustrations by Scripture . Those we are to sup with we may well be content to dine with. 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. Spurgeons's The Treasury of David". Psalm 12. THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER THAN I. F6. W. Forsyth . 1. When my heart is overwhelmed. Title. If he can but climb up to the top of it, and get sure footing upon it, the billows will not be able to reach him, and he will be safe. Psalm 61 – Hope and Help When My Heart is Overwhelmed This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. Experience is the nurse of faith. It begins with his desperate cry to God. On a stringed instrument. A recognition of a place of safety; then. And a strong tower from the enemy. ", 2. EXPOSITION. PSALM 61 PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING OF AN EXPELLED KING ON HIS WAY BACK TO THE THRONE. We have this place brought before us, as abundantly. “My heart is overwhelmed!” he tells the Lord. To the Chief Musician upon Neginah, a Psalm of David. General Epistles Hear my cry, attend unto my prayer." When would he pray? When my heart is overwhelmed: --when the huge waves of trouble wash over me, and I am completely submerged, not only as to my head, but also my heart. Thomas Goodwin. The ark, Lot's mountain, the blood stained door in Egypt, the city of refuge, the cave Adullam. This tower and rock were too high for David himself to get into, and therefore he sets to the scaling ladder. 5. Proofs of divine faithfulness are to be had in remembrance, and to be mentioned to the Lord's honour. SUBJECT AND DIVISION. 8. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. We may know that we possess it. Is not this brave talk? For thou, O God, hast heard my vows. As men cry, "Long live the king, "so we hail with acclamation our enthroned Immanuel, and cry, "Let mercy and truth preserve him." For thou, O God, hast heard my vows. coffman commentaries on the old and new testament. Let not those fear who feel the bitterness of distance from God, for they shall be brought nigh; desolate may be the coast to which they are driven, but over against it is the Paradise of God; clouds and darkness may gather at the base of this rock of safety, but "eternal sunshine settles in its head." “My heart is overwhelmed!” he tells the Lord. This is precisely what we ourselves have experienced; we have partially felt death within us, we have felt a gradual numbing of our heart; a gradual diminution in the quickness of its beat; a gradual closing in, and pressure of a weight upon it, and this was the overwhelming process. 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