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Psalm 61

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concern themselves with the security of the king in which he longs for the presence of God.

1. When you are weary, call on the Lord. 1-2

David feels very far away from the Lord and yet here in distress he calls to him. David is weary from the difficulties of his opposition.
Jonah 2:7 CSB
As my life was fading away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, to your holy temple.
While the enemy isn’t pronounced, the effects of their attacks are.
David feels exiled. He knows that the earth is the Lord’s but He wants to be close to Him.
Jesus in the Garden.
The Lord alone can bring deliverance.
David humbles himself and acknowledges he needs a higher power to bring relief. The rock represents strength and refuge.
Psalm 27:5 CSB
For he will conceal me in his shelter in the day of adversity; he will hide me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock.
Jesus in the Garden/Even on the Cross.

2. Desire to be in the Lord’s presence. 3-5

David remembers the past and how the Lord has protected him and how he has worked in history.
The has been a refuge—somewhere to turn too. A strong tower—a safe place to turn to.
Proverbs 18:10 CSB
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.
Over and against the present affliction is the hope of the eternal joy of communion with the Lord. David longs to be with the Lord.
Numbers 11:16–17 CSB
The Lord answered Moses, “Bring me seventy men from Israel known to you as elders and officers of the people. Take them to the tent of meeting and have them stand there with you. Then I will come down and speak with you there. I will take some of the Spirit who is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you bear the burden of the people, so that you do not have to bear it by yourself.
Psalm 23
Psalm 23:6 CSB
Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.
Exodus 33:7–11 CSB
Now Moses took a tent and pitched it outside the camp, at a distance from the camp; he called it the tent of meeting. Anyone who wanted to consult the Lord would go to the tent of meeting that was outside the camp. Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would stand up, each one at the door of his tent, and they would watch Moses until he entered the tent. When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and remain at the entrance to the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. As all the people saw the pillar of cloud remaining at the entrance to the tent, they would stand up, then bow in worship, each one at the door of his tent. The Lord would speak with Moses face to face, just as a man speaks with his friend, then Moses would return to the camp. His assistant, the young man Joshua son of Nun, would not leave the inside of the tent.
3. Know that the Lord answers our prayers. 6-7
David is confident on the future. He knows that the Lord will be faithful to the covenant.
The heritage for believers is the earth.
Matthew 5:5 CSB
Blessed are the humble, for they will inherit the earth.

3. Know that the Lord answers our prayers. 6-7

Illus: British God save the queen.
introduced the importance of the king of the Lord, the messiah. David prays that God would be faithful to his covenant.
promised that a descendent of David would reign forever.
Matthew 1:1 CSB
An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
This prayer connects us back to the Abrahamic covenant and the Noah covenant and the promise of
Faithful Love and truth.
2 Samuel 7:28 CSB
Lord God, you are God; your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant.
2 Samuel 15:20 CSB
Besides, you only arrived yesterday; should I make you wander around with us today while I go wherever I can? Go back and take your brothers with you. May the Lord show you kindness and faithfulness.”
Isaiah 55:3 CSB
Pay attention and come to me; listen, so that you will live. I will make a permanent covenant with you on the basis of the faithful kindnesses of David.
Psalm 89:14 CSB
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; faithful love and truth go before you.
Psalm 40:11 CSB
Lord, you do not withhold your compassion from me. Your constant love and truth will always guard me.
David’s prayer is grounded in the covenantal nature of the Lord and in His Word that He has promised.
For God so LOVED…not sappy or romantic....covenantal love.
Remember the resurrection of Christ.
All of the promises of God find their yes and amen in Jesus
2 Corinthians 1:20 CSB
For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in him. Therefore, through him we also say “Amen” to the glory of God.
Ephesians 4:7–13 CSB
Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. For it says: When he ascended on high, he took the captives captive; he gave gifts to people. But what does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower parts of the earth? The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, to fill all things. And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness.
Eph 4:
2 Coringthians 1:20

4. Praise the Lord and live in obedience to his word. 8

Thanksgiving is the response of the heart to the mighty acts of God.
We should continually be thankful to the Lord. Even in difficult times we are blessed beyond our imaginations.
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