The Bible – Old Testament
1 For the leader; with stringed instruments. Of David.
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer!
2 From the brink of Sheol I call; my heart grows faint. Raise me up, set me on a rock,
for you are my refuge, a tower of strength against the foe.
Then I will ever dwell in your tent, take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah
3 O God, when you accept my vows and hear the plea of those who revere your name in prayer:
“Add to the days of the king’s life; may his years be many generations;
May he reign before God forever; may your love and fidelity preserve him” –
4 Then I will sing your name forever, fulfill my vows day after day.
1 [Psalm 61] A lament of the king who feels himself at the brink of death (⇒ Psalm 61:3) and cries out for the strong and saving presence of God (⇒ Psalm 61:3b-5). The king cites the prayer being made for him (⇒ Psalm 61:7-8), and promises to give thanks to God.
2  Brink of Sheol: literally, “edge of the earth,” “earth” being taken in its occasional meaning “the underworld.” Cf ⇒ Jonah 2:3.
4  Then: Hebrew “just as,” i.e., in accord with the vows referred to in ⇒ Psalm 61:5.