Psalms 61

Study the Inner Meaning

English: King James Version

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1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

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.

3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust 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 name.

6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.

7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 311


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 414, 488, 2906, 3122, 6180, 8581, 8764, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 585


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 799

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



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Word/Phrase Explanations

hear
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

cry
As with most common verbs, the spiritual meaning of “crying” or “crying out” (meaning a shout or wail, not weeping) is highly dependent on context....

God
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...

prayer
When people pray in the Bible, it means they are opening up their internal states. When it is the Lord praying, or a figure who...

earth
"Earth" in the Bible can mean a person or a group of like-minded people as in a church. But it refers specifically to the external...

heart
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...

lead
The meaning of "leading" people in the Bible is pretty straightforward, though obviously it is about leading people in spiritual things, not natural ones. When...

Rock
'A rock' signifies the Lord regarding the divine truth of the Word.

Strong
In the Word, people who trust to themselves and their own intelligence are sometimes called 'strong,' as in Isaiah 1:31. This is because they suppose...

Tower
'A tower,' as in Genesis 11:4, signifies the worship of self, which consists of a person exalting himself above others, even to the point of...

enemy
An enemy in the Bible refers to people who are in the love of evil and the false thinking that springs from evil. On a...

tabernacle
Many people were nomadic in Biblical times, especially the times of the Old Testament, and lived in tents that could be struck, moved and re-raised...

Wings
'Wings' signify spiritual truths. 'Wings,' when related to the Lord, signify the divine spiritual. In the opposite sense, 'wings' relate to falsities and rationalizations from...

Selah
'Selah,' as in Genesis 11:12, signifies an aspect of science.

fear
Fear of the unknown and fear of change are both common ideas, and together cover a broad spectrum of the fears we tend to have...

name
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...

king
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...

life
In John 14:6, 'the way is doctrine,' 'the truth' is every thing pertaining to doctrine, and 'the life' is the essential good which is the...

generations
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...

truth
There's a great deal of talk in Swedenborg about "truth" as a concept – it's how we learn the Lord's will, what we must seek...

daily
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

Resources for parents and teachers

The items listed here are provided courtesy of our friends at the General Church of the New Jerusalem. You can search/browse their whole library at the New Church Vineyard website.


 Blessings: Marriage of Good and Truth
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: Marriage to Eternity
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 Blessings: Tabernacle of the Lord
Blessings to say at mealtime.
Activity | Ages over 7

 For Reflection: Lead Me to the Rock that Is Higher than I
Look at ways we can find the Lord's truths - higher rocks - to guide our lives.
Activity | Ages over 15

 Make Two Wings
Project | Ages up to 10

 Memory Verse: Tabernacle of the Lord
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Rock Higher than Ourselves
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Symbols of the Lord's Protection
Teaching Support | Ages over 12


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