Ps 61:1-8. Neginah -- or, Neginoth (see on Ps 4:1, title). Separated from his usual spiritual privileges, perhaps by Absalom's rebellion, the Psalmist prays for divine aid, and, in view of past mercies, with great confidence of being heard.
1-3. From the end -- that is, places remote from the sanctuary (De 28:64).
2. heart is overwhelmed -- literally, |covered over with darkness,| or, |distress.|
to the rock -- (Ps 18:2; 40:2).
higher than I -- which otherwise I cannot ascend.
3. shelter ... and strong tower -- repeat the same sentiment.
4. I will abide -- So I desire to do (compare Ps 23:6).
trust in the covert, &c. -- make my refuge, in the shadow (compare Ps 17:8; 36:7).
5. the heritage -- or, part in the spiritual blessings of Israel (Ps 21:2-4).
vows -- implies prayers.
6, 7. the king -- himself and his royal line ending in Christ. Mercy and truth personified, as in Ps 40:11; 57:3.
7. abide before God -- literally, |sit as a king in God's presence,| under His protection.
8. Thus for new blessings will new vows of praise ever be paid.