What Does Psalm 61:5 Mean?

For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Psalm 61:5(ESV)

Verse Thoughts

What a beautiful relationship king David had with the Lord. In times of danger and difficulty he quickly fled for refuge into the safe-keeping of His Shield and Defender. In times of disappointment and distress He raced into the safety of his Fortress and hid under the shadow of God’s protective wings. In times of weakness and weariness he ran for comfort into the loving arms of his faithful Shepherd and in times of spiritual thirst He cried: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I, for David had proved God’s faithfulness towards His people and knew that God’s everlasting mercy towards each of His children, is new every morning

Like David, we too can stand on God's Word as indisputable fact - knowing that the prayers and entreaties we offer to our heavenly Father and the pledges and vows we dedicate to Him, are heard by our compassionate Lord. When exercising faith through petition or intercession and by standing on the promises of God as undeniable certainties, we have that inner assurance that God hears and answers prayer - for His ears are ever open to our cries for help, and we know He hears and answers the faintest cries of His people

We do not have access to our Father by works of the law nor through our own righteous acts, good works or merit - but only by means of God's amazing grace, which was purchased for us through the precious blood of Christ on Calvary’s cross, so many years ago and we can say with confidence: God has heard our prayers and petitions – the Lord has heard my vows. And in His grace, He has given us the heritage of those that fear Him, and to those that reverence His holy name, the Lord has promised an inheritance.

To the earthly nation of Israel, through their forefather Abraham, the Lord has promised an earthly inheritance and to His heavenly people, the Church, God Himself has laid up for us and inheritance in heaven.

Although this is a Psalm that spoke both into the circumstances of King David’s life and also into the longer-term history the whole house of Israel, this is a Psalm that is as relevant for us today as it was in the time of David’s dynasty. We have assured access to the throne of grace through Christ so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. We have a confident assurance that when we pray into the will of the Father, in the name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit – our prayers will indeed be heard and answered. And we have the seal of the Holy Spirit in our lives as a pledge and guarantee of the promised inheritance of what is to come – to the praise of His holy name, for ever and ever.

My Prayer

O Lord our Heavenly Father, thank You that You hear the cries of Your children and thank You that Your ears are ever open to the pleas, petitions and prayers of those who reverence Your name; acknowledge Your perfections and praise You for Your goodness. May we who are called by Your name, adore and admire You in our daily lives and serve You in all of life's circumstances in spirit and truth - both in our inner being and through our external bodies - in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

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