skip to Main Content
Due to the pandemic and social distancing orders, we are not meeting in person for the foreseeable future.

February 10, 2020

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Leviticus 26-27
Audio: Leviticus 26-27

Psalm 61 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. Of David.

Hear my cry, O God,
    listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
    when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
    that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the enemy.

Let me dwell in your tent forever!
    Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Prolong the life of the king;
    may his years endure to all generations!
May he be enthroned forever before God;
    appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!

So will I ever sing praises to your name,
    as I perform my vows day after day.


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

How do I login and comment?

Click here to enter your login information. Once you are logged in, you will be able to comment on this chapter by writing in the “comment box” below (under the social media icons).

NOTE: If you see a place to enter your username and password under the social media icons below, you are not logged in yet. You can either enter your login information there or use the “Click here” link above to login and comment.

Happy Commenting! 🙂

Next: Psalm 62

Back: Psalm 60

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. The Rock That Is Higher Than I

    In Deuteronomy 32, the word "Rock" is spelled with an upper-case "R" with alongside lowercase. For instance, Deuteronomy 32:31 says:

    "For their rock is not as our Rock;
        our enemies are by themselves."

    This shows the difference between the gods of the nation (lowercase "rock") and the One True God ("Rock"). 

    We find the phrase "God is the Rock of my salvation" in Deuteronomy 32:15, 2 Samuel 22:47, Psalm 89:26 and Psalm 95:1. 

    At GotQuestions.org, I found the following helpful:

    "The psalms are thick with declarations similar to 'God is the Rock of my salvation,' and for good reason. Caves and rocky crevices were often David’s refuge when running from Saul, who sought to kill him (see 1 Samuel 24:3), yet David’s language reveals where he truly placed his hope—not in mountains or great city fortresses, but in God, Creator of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1–3). David declares, 'Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God: he is my mighty rock, my refuge' (Psalm 62:6–7). David knew that, ultimately, it was up to the God of the cosmos to hide him from danger, material objects being the avenue by which He chose to provide such protection."

    Jesus said in Matthew 21:42, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?" He repeated this in Mark 12:10 and Luke 20:17. 

    1 Peter 2:4-8 says:

    "As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture:

    'Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
        a cornerstone chosen and precious,
    and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.'

    7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

    'The stone that the builders rejected
        has become the cornerstone,'

    8 and

    'A stone of stumbling,
        and a rock of offense.'

    They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do."

    The phrase "The Rock That Is Higher Than I" found in today's Psalm is the background for the hymn titled, "Oh, safe to the Rock that is higher than I" (lyrics below):

    Oh, safe to the Rock that is higher than I,
    My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly,
    So sinful, so weary, Thine, Thine would I be,
    Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.
         
    Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
    Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

    In the calm of the noontide, in sorrow’s lone hour,
    In times when temptation casts o’er me its power;
    In the tempests of life, on its wide, heaving sea,
    Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee.

    How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe,
    I have fled to my Refuge and breathed out my woe,,
    How often, when trials like sea-billows roll,
    Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul.

    I am also reminded of the hymn "The Solid Rock" (lyrics below):

    My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
    But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

    On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
    All other ground is sinking sand,
    All other ground is sinking sand.

    When darkness veils His lovely face,
    I rest on His unchanging grace;
    In every high and stormy gale,
    My anchor holds within the veil.

    On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
    All other ground is sinking sand,
    All other ground is sinking sand.

    His oath, His covenant, His blood,
    Support me in the whelming flood;
    When all around my soul gives way,
    He then is all my hope and stay.

    On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
    All other ground is sinking sand,
    All other ground is sinking sand.

    When He shall come with trumpet sound,
    Oh, may I then in Him be found;
    In Him, my righteousness, alone,
    Faultless to stand before the throne

    On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
    All other ground is sinking sand,
    All other ground is sinking sand.

    No matter what we go through in life, we can stand on the Solid Rock of Jesus Christ!


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "In the Beauty of Jesus" by Robert Hawker

    "In your beauty, blessed Lord, we see a fullness of grace, truth, and righteousness. It corresponds exactly to the wants of poor sinners—your blood, to cleanse. Your grace, to comfort. Your fullness, to supply.

    In you there is everything we can want: life, light, joy, pardon, mercy, peace, happiness here, glory hereafter.

    Do I not see you, my King, in your beauty, when I behold you coming with all these for me? So I must cry out with the psalmist, “I will love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my strength and my song; and he is become my salvation.”

    And now, Lord, every day’s view of you increases that love, and brings home your beauty more and more. The more often you stoop to visit my poor soul, the more beautiful you appear.

    Come then, you blessed, holy, lovely one, and ravish my spiritual senses with your beauty, that my whole soul would be filled only with the love of Jesus every day. Until that day when, from seeing you here below, through your grace, I come to look upon you, and live forever in your presence, in the full beams of your glory in your throne above."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans) 

  2. These songs and the prayer are so amazing. 

    I have been reminding myself a lot lately that in my weakness, I am strong, and that those who endure to the end will be saved. 

    I know that there will be difficult times ahead. I know that there will be times when I'll think that I can't handle things. And I know that when these times come, Jesus will be my Rock, just as He is now. There is nothing I can't get through if my trust is in Him. 

    I will put on God's armor, and I will make it through. 

  3. "Let me dwell in your tent forever!
        Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
    For you, O God, have heard my vows;
        you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name."

    I am moved by this passage in Psalm 61 this morning. With David, I see God bringing all faithful believers into one tent, where we together share in the inheritance (the heritage) granted to all who fear God and have trusted in Christ alone for salvation (John 3:16), committing ourselves to Him forever, receiving His Spirit in us, and thus entering into this new covenant relationship with God (Hebrews 9:15). And God is faithful to keep His promises. God is always faithful.

    "Therefore [Jesus, our high priest] is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant." Hebrews 9:15

    “If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
    if we endure, we will also reign with him;
    if we deny him, he also will deny us;
    if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
    for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:11-13

    Praise God!! 

     

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

×Close search
Search