Psalms 61:4

4 Let me 1dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under 2the shelter of your wings! Selah

Psalms 61:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 61:4

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever
Under the protection of the Lord, as in a shepherd's tent, or as in one belonging to a general of an army, where are fulness and safety; (See Gill on Psalms 27:5); or else the tabernacle of the congregation is meant; the house of God, the place of divine and public worship, where he desired and determined always to continue, ( Psalms 23:6 ) ; or else the tabernacle which was prefigured by that below, where he knew he should dwell to all eternity. Kimchi, by "for ever", understands a long time; and Jarchi explains it both of this world and of the world to come; which is true, understanding the tabernacle of the church below, and the church above;

I will trust in the covert of thy wings.
Or, "in" or "into the secret of thy wings" F26; this he determined to make his refuge for the present time, and while in this world; (See Gill on Psalms 57:1).

Selah; on this word, (See Gill on Psalms 3:2).


F26 (rtob) "in abscondito", Pagninus, Montanus; "in occultum", Junius & Tremellius.

Psalms 61:4 In-Context

2 from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
3 for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
4 Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
5 For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
6 Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations!

Cross References 2

  • 1. See Psalms 15:1; Psalms 27:4
  • 2. See Psalms 17:8
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