Psalm 61: God’s Shelter

How long should we plead with God before giving up on what we want?

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Psalm 61:1 To the minister of music, a song of David to be played on strings.
Listen to my plea for help, O God. Pay attention to my prayer.
2 Corinthians 12:8–9 I prayed at three different times for the Lord to remove my affliction. But God said no. “My grace is sufficient,” he said. “In your weakness, your dependence upon me makes you strong.” Therefore, I will boast of this affliction if it makes the power of Jesus Christ alive in me.
King James
Psalm 61:1 <To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.> Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 Corinthians 12:8–9 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Why do people cry out to God when they are overwhelmed, but not at other times?

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Psalm 61:2 No matter where I am on Earth, I will cry out to you when I am overwhelmed, looking for your guidance to the high rock of safety.
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Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

When God is our shelter, might we become complacent, taking his presence for granted? Why?

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Psalm 61:3 You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower of defense against my enemies.
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Psalm 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

What will it be like to “live in God’s house”?

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Psalm 61:4 I want to live in your house forever, finding refuge beneath the cover of your wings. Pause to meditate on that.
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Psalm 61:4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

Why will forever living with God never be boring?

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Psalm 61:4 I want to live in your house forever, finding refuge beneath the cover of your wings. Pause to meditate on that.
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Psalm 61:4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

We know we can trust God. How well can God trust us? How can we be sure?

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Psalm 61:5 God, knowing the extent of my commitment, you have entrusted to me those who revere and honor you.
Matthew 26:31 “Tonight,” Jesus said, “all of you will leave me, for the scripture says, Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.”
2 Timothy 2:11–13 You can trust this saying: if we suffer and die for Christ, we will live with him forever. If we suffer for Christ’s sake, we will reign with him, but if we deny him, he will deny us. Even if we choose not to believe, he still loves us, because he cannot deny who he is.
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Psalm 61:5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
Matthew 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
2 Timothy 2:11–13 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

If being absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, why should we want God to extend our lives on Earth?

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Psalm 61:6–7 Extend the king’s life for many years. Let him be a positive influence for many generations. May he always rule with you. Let your kindness and truth guide his thoughts and actions.
2 Corinthians 5:8–9 Without a doubt, we would rather be free from our earthly bodies so we can be at home with the Lord. We will always be working to please the Lord, no matter whether we are on Earth or in Heaven.
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Psalm 61:6–7 Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations. He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
2 Corinthians 5:8–9 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

How important is it to keep our promises? What are the consequences if we don’t?

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Psalm 61:8 Then I will keep my promises and sing praises to you forever.
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Psalm 61:8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

“Forever” is a very long time. Why will we never run out of praises?

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Psalm 61:8 Then I will keep my promises and sing praises to you forever.
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Psalm 61:8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.