New American Standard Bible
Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.
King James Bible
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
Darby Bible Translation
I will sojourn in thy tent for ever; I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
World English Bible
I will dwell in your tent forever. I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah.
Young's Literal Translation
I sojourn in Thy tent to the ages, I trust in the secret place of Thy wings. Selah.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever - This expresses the confident assurance that he would be restored to his home, and to the privileges of public worship. The word forever here means perpetually; that is, his permanent home would be there, or he would dwell with God who dwelt in the tabernacle. The word "tabernacle" refers to the sacred tent which was erected for the worship of God, within which were the ark, the tables of the law, the table of showbread, etc. In the innermost part of that tent - the holy of holies - the symbol of the divine presence rested on the mercy-seat or cover of the ark of the covenant. David regarded it as a great privilege to abide near that sacred tent; near to the place of; public worship; near to the place where God was supposed to dwell. See Psalm 23:6, note; Psalm 26:8, note; Psalm 27:4, note. It is possible that his mind looked beyond the tabernacle on earth to an eternal residence in the very presence of God; to his being admitted into his own sacred abode in heaven.
I will trust in the covert of thy wings - Margin, Make my refuge. See the notes at Psalm 17:8. Compare Psalm 36:7; Psalm 57:1. The idea is, that he would seek and find protection in God - as young birds do under the outstretched wings of the parent bird.
LibraryThe Far and Near
Gerhard Ter Steegen Ps. lxi. 4 In Him we live, in Him we move; seek not thy God afar; He is not prisoned in a height above sun, moon, and star. But thou through strange dark lands hast strayed, and wandered far from Him; And therfore He, O Soul, to thee, is distant and is dim. Lord, I was in the far-off land, I loved from Thee to stray, And when unto myself I came, a swine-herd far away, One moment--then the welcome sweet, the kiss, the Father's Home; Far distant was the distance; to Thy bosom I …
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso, and Others
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"May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge."
A Psalm of David. O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.
He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.
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