Psalms 102


Hear my prayer, O Lord! Let my cry come to you.

The prophet in his prayer makes a grievous complaint.

1 [102:2] Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. 2 [102:3] 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 [102:4] For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. 4 [102:5] My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. 5 [102:6] By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin. 6 [102:7] I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. 7 [102:8] I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. 8 [102:9] Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me. 9 [102:10] For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping. 10 [102:11] Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. 11 [102:12] My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

He takes comfort in the eternity, and mercy of God

12 [102:13] But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. 13 [102:14] Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. 14 [102:15] For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. 15 [102:16] So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 16 [102:17] When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. 17 [102:18] He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

The mercies of God are to be recorded

18 [102:19] This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. 19 [102:20] For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; 20 [102:21] To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; 21 [102:22] To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem; 22 [102:23] When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

He sustains his weakness by the unchangeableness of God.

23 [102:24] He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days. 24 [102:25] I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations. 25 [102:26] Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 26 [102:27] 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 [102:28] But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. 28 [102:29] The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

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