Psalm 102 is often labeled as a "Prayer of the afflicted," and it oscillates between moments of intense personal suffering and a future vision of restoration and divine glory. The psalmist starts by pleading for God's attention, narrating the severe emotional and physical distress they are experiencing. From lamenting their condition—marked by frail health, isolation, and grief—the focus shifts to a broader perspective that acknowledges God's eternal nature and the assurance that He will rise and have compassion on Zion. The latter part of the psalm goes beyond personal woes to capture a vision where future generations will serve the Lord, and the heavens and earth, though perishable, are part of God's unchanging plans. The psalmist recognizes that despite the transient nature of human life and suffering, God's promises are steadfast and will benefit not only the one who prays but also generations to come. Thus, Psalm 102 serves as a complex tapestry of individual agony and collective hope, emphasizing the eternal character of God in the face of transient human suffering.

Psalm 102

1  (A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.) Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.

Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

3  For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

4  My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

5  By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

6  I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.

7  I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

8  Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

9  For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,

10  Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.

11  My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

12  But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

13  Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

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14  For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

15  So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16  When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

17  He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

18  This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

19  For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;

20  To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

21  To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22  When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

23  He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

24  I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

25  Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

27  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

28  The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

End of Psalm 102

1 Year Plan:  Sept 5 - Sos 7, Sos 8,  Ps 102 [next day]

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