Study Guide – Psalm 61

1 Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.

Take a moment to personally pray verse 1 to God.

2 From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.

Why does David say that he calls to God "from the ends of the earth"?

::::: Think Deeply :::::

What makes it possible for verse 3 to be true in your own life?

4 I long to dwell in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
5 For you, God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Describe David's track record here? What history does David have of walking with God?

Thinking long-term, how does being sincere and obedient towards God for the long-haul change your perspective later in life?

6 Increase the days of the king’s life,
    his years for many generations.
7 May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
    appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

8 Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
    and fulfill my vows day after day. NIV

David speaks in 3rd person in verses 6-7. Why do you think he does this? Do you see value in trying to rationalize your requests to God?

Back in verse 5, David referred to vows that he made. Then in verse 8 he promises to fulfill his vows. Studying verses 6-7, what kind of vows do you think David made?

::::: Apply This :::::

Take a moment to recall some of the vows/promises you have made to God in recent years? What would it take for you to fulfill the promises you have made to God? Are they promises that would bring praise to God? If so, present your scenario to God and ask for His help to complete these promises.

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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