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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 102

sorrowful complaint of great afflictions. (1-11) Encouragement by expecting the performances of God's promises to his church. (12-22) The unchangeableness of God. (23-28)

Verses 1-11: The whole word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but here, is often elsewhere, the Holy Ghost has put words into our mouths. Here is a prayer put into the hands of the afflicted; let them present it to God. Even good men may be almost overwhelmed with afflictions. It is our duty and interest to pray; and it is comfort to an afflicted spirit to unburden itself, by a humble representation of its griefs. We must say, Blessed be the name of the Lord, who both gives and takes away. The psalmist looked upon himself as a dying man; My days are like a shadow.

Verses 12-22: We are dying creatures, but God is an everlasting God, the protector of his church; we may be confident that it will not be neglected. When we consider our own vileness, our darkness and deadness, and the manifold defects in our prayers, we have cause to fear that they will not be received in heaven; but we are here assured of the contrary, for we have an Advocate with the Father, and are under grace, not under the law. Redemption is the subject of praise in the Christian church; and that great work is described by the temporal deliverance and restoration of Israel. Look down upon us, Lord Jesus; and bring us into the glorious liberty of thy children, that we may bless and praise thy name.

Verses 23-28: Bodily distempers soon weaken our strength, then what can we expect but that our months should be cut off in the midst; and what should we do but provide accordingly? We must own God's hand in it; and must reconcile this to his love, for often those that have used their strength well, have it weakened; and those who, as we think, can very ill be spared, have their days shortened. It is very comfortable, in reference to all the changes and dangers of the church, to remember that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. And in reference to the death of our bodies, and the removal of friends, to remember that God is an everlasting God. Do not let us overlook the assurance this psalm contains of a happy end to all the believer's trials. Though all things are changing, dying, perishing, like a vesture folding up and hastening to decay, yet Jesus lives, and thus all is secure, for he hath said, Because I live ye shall live also.


David Burnette's Life Application

Living in a Stressful World


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 102. In our text today we see a theme of our cure for distress is our trust in the living, eternal, unchanging God. In making application we see that in an changing, uncertain world that we can trust our unchanging God. We have His Word on what He has done in the past so we can place our faith on Him doing the same in the future. How about you? Do you get stressed with this constantly changing world that embraces sin? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that we can trust in our unchanging God to deliver us from the stress of living in a changing world. 

 

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Psalm 102

Psalm 102

 1Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.

 2Hide 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 26They 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:

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

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