He sometimes gives repentance and faith at the same time, just as the thunder sometimes follows the lightning at once; at other times, He gives repentance, and then He makes us tarry for many a day before He gives us full assurance of our interest in Christ; but they are sure to follow one another, sooner or later. And observe in the next verse to the text the way in which the psalmist draws his encouragement. 1. SORROW’S SWEET SONG. 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. 2. Believers may be brought into distress in all places of the world: in a lion's den with Daniel; in a dungeon with Jeremiah; they may be banished to the ends of the earth, as John to Patmos; or they may be driven into the wilderness, as the woman by the fury of the dragon, Now, what can give relief against this circumstance of distress which may befall the people of God? Sermon: Psalm 61 Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. 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. This is obviously a royal Psalm (cf. THE GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL ENCOURAGEMENT EVERY TRIED, TEMPTED AND TREMBLING SINNER HAS TO REPAIR TO THIS ROCK OF DEFENCE. You were far away from friends in reality, though they were all round you. Prayer ends in praise. 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. David cries out, “Hear my cry, O God” (v. 1). 3. THE ASYLUM REFERRED TO. Of David. David in many instances. This discovery and conception of the Divine is not without its effect on the man. I. DAVID'S RESOLUTION. 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. Short devotion: Difficult Days - Psalm 61 v 2 Psalm 61:2 From 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 I. 61:6). Scripture: Psalm 61:1-8 Ray O. Brooks 1. It is an appeal for means — "Cut steps in the cliff that I may climb it, let down the rope and draw me up." Let me dwell in your … Psalm 61:2 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. Psalm 61:1 ... it must be therefore divine. Now David was the kind of a guy when he was in trouble, he really let go. It would be easy to explain why the heart of the sincere Christian is often overwhelmed. 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. Though all help from man should fail, God is with us to deliver us. PRAYER RISING TO THE HEIGHTS OF ASSURANCE. 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." Condensed from a Sermon by Fountain Elwin, 1842. Man is an emotional being; so delicate and subtle is the organization of the human heart, that a single sound will influence it. To the chief Musician upon Neginah, &c.] Vincenti in melodiis Davidis (Vatab.). 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. How blessed is this! 2. Psalm 61 - For the director of music. "For Thou hast been a shelter to me, and a strong tower from the enemy." When Job saw God, he cried, "I abhor myself." Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalms chapter 61 KJV (King James Version) 1 (To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.) Back to Sermon on Psalm 51-75. Psalm 61:1-8. PRAYER CULMINATING IN JOYFUL CONSECRATION TO GOD. 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. The last circumstance of distress is death, with the way and manner whereby it may approach us: and how soon this will be we know not. First, this is not a dispassionate prayer. III. 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." 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. 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 SermonAudio.com - Psalm 61 Sermons. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN EVEN A BELIEVER CANNOT GET TO CHRIST AS HE DESIRES. 6, 7.) THE PRAYER PRESENTED. But here the word 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. Psalms 61:2-4. III. He acknowledges in Christ some one to look up to, superior to any human source; here is humility. THE IMPORT OF THE PRAYER. If Psalm 61 is about David fighting the Syrians, then the *inheritance is the land that David got in the fight. This gives us an idea of safety in the midst of trial, and support when one is almost ready to be swallowed up. An *inheritance is something that someone gives you. With stringed instruments. Psalm 61:5 "For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given [me] the heritage of those that fear thy name." 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." "Thou hast been a Shelter for me" is a strong plea. Too high! "Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. He is despairing, lost, and struggling. Vows may rightly be joined with prayers when … Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. 8.) The prayer of Ps 61:1 is certain of an answer because of the experience of Ps 61:5, since we deal with an immutable God. Psalm 61 1 Psalm 61 For the director of music. Psalm 61 - A Soldier's Prayer [TO THE CHOIRMASTER: WITH STRINGED INSTRUMENTS. A Psalm of David. Maclaren, Expository Sermons and Outlines on the Old Testament, p. 229. Scripture: Psalms 61:1-2. Bible / Our Library / Bible Commentaries / The Treasury of David / Psalm / Psalm 61 / Psalm 61:2; Share Tweet. 2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Too high, i.e. Thus the soul, being lifted up to God, returns to the enjoyment of itself. Scripture Psalms 61-61:1 To the Chief Musician. This sermon shows the "blessings" found in caves! Well, sinner, come thou here, and measure this Rock. (Jeremiah 23:28). OF DAVID.] Pastor Todd Lauderdale teaches an expository message through Psalm 61 titled, When My Heart Is Overwhelmed. 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. From the ends of the earth I call out to You whenever my heart is faint. 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. 4. How much more should we trust in God! Ps. I. "I will cry unto Thee." 3. 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. Psalms 61:1 « To the chief Musician upon Neginah, [A Psalm] of David. B. The course he takes in this state. "The rock" gives the idea —. He might have taken up the language of Hezekiah and said, "Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me." He knew that God's faithfulness to Himself was t very basis for that fulfillment. The first thing faith considers in such a condition is the nature of God Himself, and His excellencies. God, enduring, holy, omnipotent, unchangeable, all-wise. 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.". The revelation is meant to set the human in action, to lift him to something higher. 1. Thou art very high, it is true; but this Rock is higher than thou art. 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. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. It is gone, but it has left its lessons and its memories. Some people are very reserved in their nature. Our memories may be turned to hopes. “My heart is overwhelmed!” he tells the Lord. In what sense David could say, "Thou hast been a shelter to me," and then that he was fully justified in concluding, "I will abide in Thy tabernacle for ever; I will trust in the covert of Thy wings." Sometimes God, in His sovereignty, is pleased to show a man his sin, and not to show him his Saviour, for a season; he strips the sinner, perhaps he leaves him to shiver in the cold before he clothes him, just to let him know what a boon that robe of Christ's righteousness is. 4. The soul's relief lies in God's immutability, that we shall find Him the same to us in death as He was in life, and much more. "Is any afflicted? Ps. WordPress, http://www.christkirk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/1675-1.mp3, The Law of Unsolved Murder (Christendom 2.0). There are times when Job 14:1, and John 16:33a become all too real. There may seem to be no way to escape. 1. The enemy may be coming in like a flood. 1. PRAYER SPRINGING FROM FAITH IN GOD. His white-robed angels of "mercy and truth" will go with us and preserve us, and we shall "abide before God forever.". Of David. Of David. Saul knew that the favor of God had departed from him and had been given to David, and his own failures h… "When my heart is overwhelmed." How often does he make the language of the psalmist his own, and say unto God, "When my heart is overwhelmed within me, lead me," etc. Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! Expect what thou mayest; but when thou seest Him, thou wilt say with the Queen of Sheba, "The half was not told me." “The heritage”: Refers to the benefits, including life in the Promised Land (compare Deut. 3. If we are honest, many of us can relate to the feelings of David. David has made his commitment to God. On a stringed instrument. With stringed instruments. Earnest desire to feel our connection with Christ. » Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. With this point the experience seems to terminate. III. II. "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. 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. 2. From a sense of the Divine claims we owe obedience (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37). II. III. "Higher than I." II. Instead, therefore, of the conception ending with inability, it ends with a sobbing prayer. WHAT IT IS, THAT IN SUCH AN OVERWHELMING CONDITION AS I HAVE DESCRIBED, FAITH REGARDS IN GOD, to give it a support and relief, that it be not utterly overwhelmed. 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. III. Hear my cry, O God! 3. Intro: We all know that there are times when life just plain hurts. (Vers. For thou, O God, hast heard my vows Or "my prayers", as the Septuagint and other versions. Too high! There is nothing more for him to do than to sit down, fold his hands and wait for the inevitable. Psalm 61:2: The Believer's Refuge in Distress: N. Meeres, B. D. Psalm 61:2: The High Rock: Psalm 61:2: The Higher Life: W. Birch. Consider:— I. John Trapp Complete Commentary. on a higher level, of another order, of a greatness I can never attain, nor match, nor rival! If a man is foodless, and without covering, still he hopes to see better days by and by. There is relief to be found in God, and only in Himself, in the loss of all, when nothing remains. 2. Back to Sermon on Psalm. 2 From 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 I. III. A FAITH THAT IS BEYOND THE RANGE OF EARTHLY KNOWLEDGE. David is recognized as the author of this psalm, and he frequently found himself in situations where the entire world was against him. Moses, David, Daniel, Job, and even our Lord Himself, were all tempted. When we are sincere in our prayers, we feel that we have not only pledged ourselves to God, but that God has pledged himself to us. 1. Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. It is the prayer of the helpless, the appeal of the human to the Divine — man in his weakness casting himself on the benevolence and omnipotence of Deity, man in his despair abandoning himself to God. From the keenness of temptation to which the very best of men are subject. Background on this Psalm- (Why Chronological bible reading is important) It is written by King David of Israel. Here is the expression of conscious weakness, "Lead me." Man is but the lichen that would root itself on the unshaken and unshakable. Let him pray" — "pray." 1. Prayer Service December 6th Season of Advent - 2016. 3. 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. The psalmist mentions the end of the earth, however distant he might be from that which was the appointed place of prayer, the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, where the saints were in the habit of assembling together. We need to be led, or we shall never come to Him. Looking back, we can see the hand of God. We all have times when Life seems overwhelming and our problems unsolvable. 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. By "the end of the earth," I think, too, David means at a distance from the means of grace. What are these "cave experiences". But still, although he was overwhelmed, he pursued the right course. When man reaches the point of inability, he reaches the end. You see, the experience of the past may confirm our hope for the future, for He is the "same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever," and "they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee.". It is said that the revelation of God is the revelation of a man's self. Religion will be a daily duty. 2. Our service here will be a preparation for our service hereafter - forever and ever. He conceives God in the form of a natural and poetical image; sees Him as a Rock. But such a termination is impossible. We trust our friends. Profit Rewards 1 Corinthians 4:5. Durability: "I am the Lord, I change not." II. Lead me, let me reach Thee, dwell with Thee, and be one with Thee for ever. attend unto my prayer.2. He will cry out to God from the ends of the earth, which indicates some form of exile (v. 2). Position Child of God John 1:12-13. Psalm 61:2 . The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Sermon on Psalm 61:1-8. 1. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Psalm 61:1-4. Summary of the Text. 2. Hear my cry, O Lord (Psa 61:1); Now in the Hebrew, this word for cry is very intense. Pr. Hope is a tall companion; he wades right through the sea, and is not drowned; you cannot kill him, do what you may. The argument before us is not precisely that which we could venture in all cases to employ with our fellow-men. If it is about Absalom wanting to be king, then the *inheritance is the land of Israel that David got back when Absalom died. says he, "I have many sins, but I hope that the Lord Jesus Christ will take them all away. Confidence in Christ's all-sufficiency. You see the circumstances here are most serious. I shall have many difficulties, but I hope He will carry me through them." (Vers. It is thought Ps. 2. Like an exile, we may be far off from friends, solitary and sad. Ah I man, I like to see thee have a good long measuring-rod, when it is made of hope. Sermons on Psalm 61. 2. How God deals with the King represents how He deals with the nation (cf. 1. Oh, sir, if He be better than the communion of His saints can make Him, if He be sweeter than all His most eloquent preachers can speak of Him, if He be so delightful that those who know Him best cannot tell His beauties, what a precious — what a glorious — what an inconceivable Christ He must be!" "O Rock, Thou the timeless, the restful, the immutable, let me hide myself in Thee." He is in a desperate way. It signifies earnestness — it signifies desire for relief; it is the expression of want. Place Heaven John 14:6. I shall have many temptations, but I hope that He will ward them off. B. Moses made God's faithfulness the basis of his plea for the preservation of sinning Israel. 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. It is encouraged by past experience (Psalm 61:3). 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. A. David had been driven from Jerusalem. I. 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. If he cannot, he cannot, and he can only acquiesce in his helplessness. He will not only give us "the heritage" of his people, but the "life" that will enable us to enjoy it. THE GROUNDS OF THE PSALMIST'S PLEA — "from the ends of the earth.". “When my heart is faint”: (61:2) Even godly people like David experience times in their lives when they seem to lack courage, motivation, or when they feel fear and a general lack of strength. 3. But God is always near. Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. And his heart was overwhelmed, and he fainted under his distress. Psalm 61:5 - thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. Change "higher than I" into "too high for me," and you have the conception which held his mind. 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