3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Other Translations of Psalm 61:3

New International Version

3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.

English Standard Version

3 for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.

The Message

3 You've always given me breathing room, a place to get away from it all,

New King James Version

3 For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.

New Living Translation

3 for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 61:3

Commentary on Psalm 61:1-4

(Read Psalm 61:1-4)

David begins with prayers and tears, but ends with praise. Thus the soul, being lifted up to God, returns to the enjoyment of itself. Wherever we are, we have liberty to draw near to God, and may find a way open to the throne of grace. And that which separates us from other comforts, should drive us nearer to God, the fountain of all comfort. Though the heart is overwhelmed, yet it may be lifted up to God in prayer. Nay, I will cry unto thee, for by that means it will be supported and relieved. Weeping must quicken praying, and not deaden it. God's power and promise are a rock that is higher than we are. This rock is Christ. On the Divine mercy, as on a rock, David desired to rest his soul; but he was like a ship-wrecked sailor, exposed to the billows at the bottom of a rock too high for him to climb without help. David found that he could not be fixed on the Rock of salvation, unless the Lord placed him upon it. As there is safety in Him, and none in ourselves, let us pray to be led to and fixed upon Christ our Rock. The service of God shall be his constant work and business: all must make it so who expect to find God their shelter and strong tower. The grace of God shall be his constant comfort.