When my father was in the middle age bracket, I recall him often saying: “I will never leave “The Rock”; that simply meant that he would never leave Bermuda to go any other place. Bermudians often referred to Bermuda as “The Rock”! Numerous events occurred that caused him to have to change his opinion, and he left “The Rock” on numerous occasions.
The average person will have a “Rock” at some juncture of their life, be it an individual, a place, an experience, or even as a fellow I met years ago who had rocks from places he had visited.
The Psalmist wrote the sixty first Psalm for the choir director; on a stringed instrument. He probably wrote it with the idea that it would carry a very triumphant message and become well known as a result of its content and musical sing ability. I often wonder about those songs, hymns of the past, that were lost for one reason or another.
There is such a fantastic message in this Psalm. Remember how our Savior told the parable of the house on the sand, and the house built upon the rock? Early in my childhood I was told about the necessity of building on a solid rock. We have developed all types of foundations that allow us to build on all types of surfaces. However, nothing equals building on rock!
In referring to the “rock” in Psalm 61, there is the solid base of confidence that is the psalmists, and ours, that we are on “solid” ground: our refuge, our tower of strength, Your tent, Your wings. He follows that with “Selah!” Think on this!
Another word exudes the confidence of the Psalmist: “inheritance” of those who fear the NAME of the Lord. It does not stop there: “he will abide before God forever. And for a final thought: “So I will sing praise to Your name forever, that I may pay my vows day by day.”
Note: It is not Saturday or Sunday, but “day by day”.
What a ROCK!