Psalms 61:4

4 A lifetime pass to your safe-house, an open invitation as your guest.

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 When I'm far from anywhere, down to my last gasp, I call out, "Guide me up High Rock Mountain!"
3 You've always given me breathing room, a place to get away from it all,
4 A lifetime pass to your safe-house, an open invitation as your guest.
5 You've always taken me seriously, God, made me welcome among those who know and love you.
6 Let the days of the king add up to years and years of good rule.
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