Psalms 61
Prayer of the King in Time of Danger
1For the leader; with stringed instruments. Of David.
2Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer!
3From the ends of the earth#Ends of the earth: “earth” being taken in its occasional meaning “the underworld,” cf. Jon 2:3. I call;
my heart grows faint.
Raise me up, set me on a rock,
4for you are my refuge,
a tower of strength against the foe.#Ps 46:2.
5Let me dwell in your tent forever,
take refuge in the shelter of your wings.#Ps 17:8; 36:8; 57:2.
6For you, O God, have heard my vows,
you have granted me the heritage of those who revere your name.
7Add days to the life of the king;
may his years be as from generation to generation;#Ps 21:5.
8#Ps 72:5; 89:5, 30, 37.May he reign before God forever;
send your love and fidelity#Send your love and fidelity: as in Ps 43:3 the psalmist asks God to send these two divine attributes like angels to protect the king. to preserve him—#Ps 85:11; 89:15, 25; Prv 20:28.
9I will duly sing to your name forever,
fulfill my vows day after day.

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