by Daniel Rodgers

When My Heart Is Overwhelmed
Dan Rodgers
Psalm 61:1-8

TEXT: Psalm 61:1-8, "Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. [2] From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. [3] For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. [4] I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah. [5] For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. [6] Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations. [7] He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. [8] So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows."

INTRODUCTION: In chapter sixty-one of the book of Psalms, we find David in serious prayer to God. Though we are not told where he was at the time, some feel that this chapter records a time when he was in exile from his son, Absalom. You will remember that Absalom, in his rebellion and greed for power, sought to subvert the throne of his father and take it for himself.

In the first part of verse one, David prays, "Hear my cry,
O God," indicating the serious nature of his prayer. The Hebrew word (rin-naw') used here means, "a creaking, or shrill sound." According to Vine's Expository Dictionary, "It is most frequently used to indicate the ‘crying out' for aid in time of emergency, especially crying out for divine aid."1

We all know that there are prayers...and then there are
prayers. Sometimes we pray as we do every day—for the special necessities of life. But, then there are times when we pray that our prayer is not the ordinary prayer; it is a cry from the heart—from the depth of our soul. This was David's prayer. He needed to hear from God; his heart was overwhelmed.

Perhaps I am speaking to someone here to today who
needs to hear from God. Your prayer is much like David's prayer ...

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