Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
Ps 61:1-8. Neginah—or, Neginoth (see on Ps 4:1, title). Separated from his usual spiritual privileges, perhaps by Absalom's rebellion, the Psalmist prays for divine aid, and, in view of past mercies, with great confidence of being heard.
1-3. From the end—that is, places remote from the sanctuary (De 28:64).
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.
2. heart is overwhelmed—literally, "covered over with darkness," or, "distress."
to the rock—(Ps 18:2; 40:2).
higher than I—which otherwise I cannot ascend.
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
3. shelter … and strong tower—repeat the same sentiment.
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
4. I will abide—So I desire to do (compare Ps 23:6).
trust in the covert, &c.—make my refuge, in the shadow (compare Ps 17:8; 36:7).
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
5. the heritage—or, part in the spiritual blessings of Israel (Ps 21:2-4).
Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.
6, 7. the king—himself and his royal line ending in Christ. Mercy and truth personified, as in Ps 40:11; 57:3.
He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
7. abide before God—literally, "sit as a king in God's presence," under His protection.
So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.
8. Thus for new blessings will new vows of praise ever be paid.