Psalm 61

1 Hear my cry, O God;
Attend unto my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I call unto thee, when my
heart is overwhelmed:
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For thou hast been a refuge for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.

1-6. The Lord’s song in praise of the Father because of help. P. P.

3 See Psalm xl. 3. A. 8581.

4 I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever:
I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings. [Selah]
5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows:
Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy

5 The tent stands for what is celestial, the covert of the wings for the spiritual therefrom. A. 414.

See Psalm xvii. 8. A. 8764.

See Psalm xv. 1, 2. A. 10545.

See Psalm xv. 1,2. R. 585.

To abide in the tabernacle for ever signifies to be in the Divine good of love. To confide in the hiding place of His wings signifies to be in Divine truths, for the wings of Jehovah signify spiritual truths. E. 799.

6 Thou wilt prolong the king’s life;
His years shall be as many generations.

7 This is said of the Lord and His kingdom. Days and years here stand for the states of His kingdom. A. 488.

7, 8. Years stand for what is eternal, for this treats of the Lord and of His kingdom. A. 2906.

7-9. And because of union. P. P.

7 He shall abide before God for ever:
Oh prepare lovingkindness and truth, that they may
preserve him.
8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever,
That I may daily perform my vows.

8 The most ancient people, who were celestial, by mercy and truth from the Lord understood nothing else than the reception of influx of love to the Lord, and thence of charity toward the neighbor. But the ancients, who were spiritual, understood charity and faith by the mercy and truth of the Lord with themselves. A. 3122.

See Psalm xxv. 10. A. 6180.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)