The Message

Psalm 61

A David Psalm

11-2 God, listen to me shout,
    bend an ear to my prayer.
When I’m far from anywhere,
    down to my last gasp,
I call out, “Guide me
    up High Rock Mountain!”

3-5 You’ve always given me breathing room,
    a place to get away from it all,
A lifetime pass to your safe-house,
    an open invitation as your guest.
You’ve always taken me seriously, God,
    made me welcome among those who know and love you.

6-8 Let the days of the king add up
    to years and years of good rule.
Set his throne in the full light of God;
    post Steady Love and Good Faith as lookouts,
And I’ll be the poet who sings your glory—
    and live what I sing every day.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 61

Psalm 61

For the director of music. A psalm of David to be played on stringed instruments.

God, hear my cry for help.
    Listen to my prayer.

From a place far away I call out to you.
    I call out as my heart gets weaker.
    Lead me to the safety of a rock that is high above me.
You have always kept me safe from my enemies.
    You are like a strong tower to me.

I long to live in your holy tent forever.
    There I find safety in the shadow of your wings.
God, you have heard my promises.
    You have given me what belongs to those who worship you.

Add many days to the king’s life.
    Let him live on and on for many years.
May he always enjoy your blessing as he rules.
    Let your love and truth keep him safe.

Then I will always sing praise to you.
    I will keep my promises day after day.