For what is the remedy in affliction? David in many instances. We are now coming to that part of the text which most of all delights my soul, the thought of JESUS CHRIST, WHO IS THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER THAN WE ARE. Now, the term "cry" is of very frequent use in Scripture, and it is very expressive. Back to Sermon on Psalm 51-75. Cancel Unsubscribe. 2. You see the circumstances here are most serious. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Psalm 61:1-4. Summary of the Text. David cries out, “Hear my cry, O God” (v. 1). 1. Therefore, verse 2a must be metaphorical of … Proper 5-- Psalm 61:1-5-- Hugh H. Drennan-- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B-- 1993 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.From the end of the earth I call to you, UPCOMING WEEKS 2. With stringed instruments. 2. The course he takes in this state. But such a termination is impossible. II. And, doubtless, these are only just sprinkled in that we may be encouraged, whenever we find them, to see that there is a reality about it — that God's saints of old have endeavoured to cultivate this state and condition, and that God has marked it by His especial favour. Verse 2. Psalms 61:1 « To the chief Musician upon Neginah, [A Psalm] of David. IV. If a man is foodless, and without covering, still he hopes to see better days by and by. It is an appeal for means — "Cut steps in the cliff that I may climb it, let down the rope and draw me up." Psalm 61:2: Man's Need of the Superhuman: Homiletic Monthly: Psalm 61:2: Overwhelmed: Psalm 61:2: The Appeal of the Human to the Divine: C. E. Stone. WHITHER THE PSALMIST DESIRES TO BE LED — "To the Rock that is higher than I." PRAYER SPRINGING FROM FAITH IN GOD. Ah, I am glad thou art measuring Christ by thine expectation I But let me tell thee, high as thy expectations are, He is higher than thou art. Psalm 61:5 "For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given [me] the heritage of those that fear thy name." 2. Now, sinner, thy hopes, I would have thee to see, are very tall, and very high; but remember, this Rock is higher than any of thy hopes. David has made his commitment to God. At first, verse 2 seems to imply exile but the rest of the Psalm does not support this. Hear my cry, O Lord (Psa 61:1); Now in the Hebrew, this word for cry is very intense. 2. Moses, David, Daniel, Job, and even our Lord Himself, were all tempted. Ps. What is the heritage of those that fear God s name? It seemed to David the end of the world. Thou art very high, it is true; but this Rock is higher than thou art. We all have times when Life seems overwhelming and our problems unsolvable. But still, although he was overwhelmed, he pursued the right course. It is a cry for shelter — "Suns smite me, and sanddrifts sweep over me, and the whole landscape reels and swims; lift me into the shadow of Thy wings." From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to ... Psalm 61 - For the director of music. Daniel Webster said he would not believe in a religion whose doctrines he could comprehend. From a sense of the Divine claims we owe obedience (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37). It is a cry for guidance — "Take my hand and guide me, and put my foot on the first stair of the stairway that leads to Thee." Yet he knew that God's mercy extended in forgiveness was necessary to see his hope for the promised heritage fulfilled. "Oh!" But in these earlier hymns the word is used in a plural form denoting that it was to be played upon several musical instruments. Psalms 61:5. (Vers. "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday," etc. A Psalm of David. Earnest desire to feel our connection with Christ. "I will cry unto Thee." But God will, when we cry to him, stretch forth his mighty arm from above, and lead us to "the Rock" where we shall find safety and peace. Man, frail, tainted, limited, weak, foolish. A child cries, a child cries long before it can speak: and how prevailing is that cry! Too high, i.e. How a mother's heart yearns at the cry of her infant! A POWER TO HELP US THAT IS BEYOND OUR OWN POWER, in order to conquer ourselves. This does not mean that we are failing or have done something wrong; rather, it is often a reminder that we simply need to draw that much nearer to God. Psalm 61:1-8. 1. He conceives God in the form of a natural and poetical image; sees Him as a Rock. III. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. III. It is an appeal for help — "I stagger with fatigue and weakness, put an arm round me and help me up the stone-strewn steeps." 2. Lead ME to the Rock CCCAG March 5th, 2017 Scripture: Psalm 61:1-3 Intro- Beginning small series of messages about being “hidden in God” beginning today with studying Psalm 61. CONTEMPLATE THE PERIOD WHEN THIS URGENT REQUEST IS MADE, AND WHEN THIS EARNEST SUPPLICATION IS POURED FORTH; namely, when the heart is overwhelmed, when the spirit is sorrowful, and when the soul is bowed down; when deep calleth unto deep, and when the waves and billows roll over the sinking and sorrowing soul. Of David. “My heart is overwhelmed!” he tells the Lord. 1. Instead, therefore, of the conception ending with inability, it ends with a sobbing prayer. It signifies earnestness — it signifies desire for relief; it is the expression of want. It is actually, "Hear my loud wailing, O Lord." Some people are very reserved in their nature. Now, as some of you will be exercised with troubles, remember that the Rock is higher than you are; and when your troubles reach you, if you are not high enough to escape them, climb up to the Rock Christ, for there is no trouble that can reach you when you get there. 2. 3. Perhaps you know what it is to have a trouble which you are compelled to bear yourself, which you could not describe even to those in your own house, though your friends would have been ready to help you if they had known; yet it was such that, with all their readiness, they would not have had ability to assist you in it, the biggest words could not have told it, and the bitterest tears could not have spelled it out. THE ASYLUM REFERRED TO. Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. Home Sermons Psalm 61. If Psalm 61 is about David fighting the Syrians, then the *inheritance is the land that David got in the fight. "For Thou hast been a shelter to me, and a strong tower from the enemy." 4. 5. When man reaches the point of inability, he reaches the end. No fewer than eighty-eight distinct prayers of men of God, and eighty-eight distinct answers from the Lord, are recorded in the Old Testament; and no fewer than forty-eight instances of the same kind occur in the New Testament. I. DAVID'S RESOLUTION. 3-5.) But here the word It is a cry for salvation — "I cling to Thee, but the storm beats and the waves drag and my hold is slipping, put out Thy hand and draw me from the hungry waters." i.e. A. II. David was often in trouble; we don’t know the life circumstances which prompted this psalm.It does seem to come after he came to the throne. (Jeremiah 23:28). Here is a man who is a great sinner. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. He will not only give us "the heritage" of his people, but the "life" that will enable us to enjoy it. Background on this Psalm- (Why Chronological bible reading is important) It is written by King David of Israel. II. If we are honest, many of us can relate to the feelings of David. For our encouragement, how very numerous are the instances recorded in the Word of God of definite prayers on the part of God's saints, and definite answers on the part of God! Psalm 61 A Bible Devotion from Psalm 61 Lead Me to the Rock that is Higher than I 1 Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. And his heart was overwhelmed, and he fainted under his distress. (Vers. "Thou hast been a Shelter for me" is a strong plea. Psalm Sixty-one Psalm 61:1-4 The Overwhelming of the Heart October 31, 1999 In the Psalm’s title the word “Neginah” has appeared at least on four different occasions - in Psalms 4, 6, 54, and 55. He was far removed from Tabernacle of God. Hope is one of the last blessings God gives us, and one that abides last with us. 3. He is despairing, lost, and struggling. Well, sinner, come thou here, and measure this Rock. A. David had been driven from Jerusalem. This gives us an idea of safety in the midst of trial, and support when one is almost ready to be swallowed up. Of David. True praise is not in words only, but in the free and joyous devotion of cur lives. II. "Lead me to the rock," etc. He acknowledges in Christ some one to look up to, superior to any human source; here is humility. It is encouraged by past experience (Psalm 61:3). Now, this is what David meant by "the end of the earth," — far away from friends, — yet even then, when friend and helper and lover failed, did he cry unto his God. Man can see the good, dream it, idealize it; he can long for the good, love it, worship it, but it is his disappointment and his hell that he knows it is not in him to be it, to win it, nor possess it. From the pressure of heavy trials (Psalm 55:12-14). Everywhere else man is the all — the king — only in the temple is he the little helpless child with no language but a cry. A FAITH THAT IS BEYOND THE RANGE OF EARTHLY KNOWLEDGE. 1. Psalms chapter 61 KJV (King James Version) 1 (To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.) His white-robed angels of "mercy and truth" will go with us and preserve us, and we shall "abide before God forever.". He is in a desperate way. We may understand, therefore, how it is, that in some circumstances, under strong influences — a sudden influx of joy, or prosperity, or under a storm and inundation of woes — the heart becomes overwhelmed. I. "Is any afflicted? 3. Commentary on Psalm 61:1-4 (Read Psalm 61:1-4) David begins with prayers and tears, but ends with praise. Pr. 2. David is recognized as the author of this psalm, and he frequently found himself in situations where the entire world was against him. The other effect is of a different character. Now, the rock that you and I must look to is the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and to Him the Holy Spirit must lead us. "FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WILL I CRY UNTO THEE." The Christian is not exempt from the troubles and trials of life; and, in addition to them, how frequently is he overwhelmed with a sense of his own unworthiness — his imperfections; the smallness of his faith — and the coldness of his love. Our remembrance of God's gracious dealings may be converted into inspiration and guidance for the future. Lord, enable me to see the need of Thy Son, give me the power to look unto Him who was pierced, and, as Thou hast given me eyes to weep, so give me eyes to look on Him, and grace to rejoice in Him as mine.". Our service here will be a preparation for our service hereafter - forever and ever. "O Rock, Thou the timeless, the restful, the immutable, let me hide myself in Thee." It is a cry for light — "I am confused with fear and doubt, give me light that I may see the way that leads to Thee." This discovery and conception of the Divine is not without its effect on the man. An *inheritance is something that someone gives you. 3 For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. SORROW’S SWEET SONG. Sometimes, by sickness, either personal or the sickness of our relatives, we are detained from the house of God; at other times, in journeying by land or upon the sea, we are unable to be in God's sanctuary, and to use the means of grace. III. i.e. A Psalm of David. 1. For every believer freely acknowledges, and from his inmost spirit feels, that he is a weak, defenceless creature, unable to contend in his own strength against the powers of sin and death leagued against him; he finds that he has not only to wrestle against "flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places"; consequently he had need to take upon him the whole armour of God — he had need to fly for refuge to a stronger arm than his own for protection. But it is possible that in this other phrase "higher than I" — we have another conception of the Divine. There is nothing more for him to do than to sit down, fold his hands and wait for the inevitable. Psalm 61 - A Soldier's Prayer [TO THE CHOIRMASTER: WITH STRINGED INSTRUMENTS. I. From the anticipations of future evils. 8.) I. We know now under the Gospel dispensation, that wherever there is a place of prayer, the most obscure position cannot cut off the communication between a spiritual heart and Heaven. Throughout scripture we find ourselves many Godly people ending up living in Caves. The point where man breaks down is the point where the Divine enters and begins its miracles. God, enduring, holy, omnipotent, unchangeable, all-wise. If he cannot, he cannot, and he can only acquiesce in his helplessness. Too high! This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician.On a stringed instrument. To others God might be Father, lover, friend, but to him He was the rock, that against which birds and armies and tempests dash themselves to pieces, but also that on which flowers bud out of the winds, and birds build their nests, and men hide from the march of tempests. To the chief Musician upon Neginah, &c.] Vincenti in melodiis Davidis (Vatab.). Expect what thou mayest; but when thou seest Him, thou wilt say with the Queen of Sheba, "The half was not told me." III. B. Moses made God's faithfulness the basis of his plea for the preservation of sinning Israel. This prayer is prompted by a consciousness of need. There is relief to be found in God, and only in Himself, in the loss of all, when nothing remains. 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. Psalm 61:2 . Confidence in Christ's all-sufficiency. The revelation is meant to set the human in action, to lift him to something higher. Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint. There may seem to be no way to escape. Saul knew that the favor of God had departed from him and had been given to David, and his own failures h… When Job saw God, he cried, "I abhor myself." But, you see, not only the circumstances, "When my heart is overwhelmed," but "From the end of the earth" — IS WHATEVER PLACE YOU MAY BE. With stringed instruments. "Well," cries another, "from what I have heard, and what I have read in God's Word, I am expecting very great things of Christ when I shall see Him as He is. He knew that God's faithfulness to Himself was t very basis for that fulfillment. "Ah!" 2. It is, perhaps, reasonable, and to a certain extent natural, that men under the pressure of affliction should go down upon their knees, Many a tear has been dried so; and the deeper the sorrow, the more reason there is to cry to God. Denomination: Evangelical/Non-Denominational Let him pray" — "pray." Scripture: Psalm 61:1-8 Ray O. Brooks 1. His faith made him do so, for faith makes the heart sensible of affliction, and complain of it unto God, and earnestly endeavour to come near to God. Not only has he his troubles and trials in common with the rest of the world, but he has those which are peculiar to him as a member of the household of faith — as a traveller who is journeying to a foreign country — peculiar to him as a citizen of that city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God — peculiar to him as a soldier who is marching through an enemy's country to take possession of the promised land.