David writes this psalm as a prayer.
Psalm 61:1–8 (NKJV)
1 Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.
5 For You, O God, have heard my vows;
You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.
6 You will prolong the king’s life,
His years as many generations.
7 He shall abide before God forever.
Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!
8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
That I may daily perform my vows.
Certain phrases stand out. “When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” “You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.” “You will prolong the king’s life,…He shall abide before God forever.” These are the words of a man who trusts God. This prayer is from a heart of experience and faith. No matter the journey he has traveled, no matter the battles he has fought, he knows God. He knows Him experientially, intimately, and passionately. David lives the example of a “man after God’s own heart.”