Posted: January 6, 2011
Let us conclude our study this week of Psalm 61 and verses 5-8. This Psalm was written during the time when David’s son Absalom has stolen the throne from his father. Because of this sin God hangs Absalom on a tree. The great truth of ‘cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree’ has left David with the thought that his son has sinned away his day of grace and is now in Hell. The last study was of verses 1-4 and David's petition unto the Lord.
This week we will look at David's proposal in the Lord. This proposal is a claiming of what he has in the Lord. I noticed in verse five that David claims his possessions. David remarks that he has made some vows to the Lord of which he has kept. He remarks that God has given to him the heritage of them that fear the name of the Lord. The heritage here speaks of the possession promise to Abraham and his seed. For David and Abraham the possession was a place, but for us it is a person. For them it is the place of Canaan, but for us it is the person of Christ. Let us as the people of Christ enter into our possession of the victory of always being more than a conquer and always triumphing in every battle.
Let us see in verse six that David claims his preservation. David here asked the Lord to preserve his life and to allow him to live thru many generations. There are several applications to be made here. One is the simple thought of just to live longer, but the wider application is his memory to live on in the generations. This was certainly answered in the lives of the many kings of which it was said, ‘and they walked in the steps of David their father’. The ultimate thought was looking forward to the coming of the Messiah. We are not surprised when we read the story of Christ’s birth to find that He was born in the city of David and shall reign upon His father David's throne forever. How I desire the Lord to enlarge my coast and let the Bible principles I have lived and preached to live on in the generations to come.
In verse seven of our text we find that David claims his perseverance. He made the statement that he shall abide before God forever. This is a powerful statement in light of the fact that at this time he is not yet back on his throne. The word abide means to settle down and be at home in a fixed position. David found the strength for this perseverance not in outward circumstances but in mercy and truth. The only place that David felt secure was near to the heart of God and because of God's mercy and truth he was confident that he would abide with the Lord forever. I do not persevere in order to be saved, but if I am saved I will persevere.
Let us see in verse eight that David claims his promises. David here claims the promise because he had performed his vow and now breaks out in praise to the name of the Lord forever. The word perform means to pay something in full. David has been broken over his sin with Bathsheba; he has paid in full the consequence that God required from this sin. He says in Psalms 119 that it was good that I was afflicted that I might learn Thy statutes. In our text because he has been faithful to cooperate with the chastening hand of God he breaks out in songs of praise to the name of the Lord forever. Oh, how true repentance frees the heart to rejoice even in a dark hour.