Pouring out to God – Psalm 102

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1 A Prayer of the Afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD.

As a Prayer of the Afflicted the words of this psalm reach beyond the author to bring understanding and comfort to other afflicted individuals. It is as if the psalmist is taking on a sincere priestly duty; leading the people in prayer and instruction, as a minister in brining others closer to God particularly in their time of crisis.

He himself is well acquainted with affliction and speaks from personal experience (as we shall see) and from scriptural truth. Firstly such a prayer can only be fitting for the afflicted or lowly (Hebrew ‘aniy) – often a term used to describe the humbled or persecuted state of the godly believer. The Lord says “to this one I will look, to him who is humble ['aniy] and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word” (Is. 66:2). Our Messiah entering Jerusalem was described as such (Zech. 9:9). It is to such a person the psalmist says “when he is faint”.

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