Psalms of My Life (Psalm 102)

31 Jul

Psalm 102

A prayer of an afflicted person who Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 6.21.13 AMhas grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

Hear my prayer, Lord;
    let my cry for help come to you.
Do not hide your face from me
    when I am in distress.
Turn your ear to me;
    when I call, answer me quickly.

For my days vanish like smoke;
    my bones burn like glowing embers.
My heart is blighted and withered like grass;
    I forget to eat my food.
In my distress I groan aloud
    and am reduced to skin and bones.
I am like a desert owl,
    like an owl among the ruins.
I lie awake; I have become
    like a bird alone on a roof.
All day long my enemies taunt me;
    those who rail against me use my name as a curse.
For I eat ashes as my food
    and mingle my drink with tears
10 because of your great wrath,Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 6.24.34 AM
    for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
11 My days are like the evening shadow;
    I wither away like grass.

12 But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;
    your renown endures through all generations.
13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
    for it is time to show favor to her;
    the appointed time has come.
14 For her stones are dear to your servants;
    her very dust moves them to pity.
15 The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
    all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.
16 For the Lord will rebuild Zion
    and appear in his glory.
17 He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;
    he will not despise their plea.

18 Let this be written for a future generation,
    that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:
19 “The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high,
    from heaven he viewed the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners
    and release those condemned to death.”
21 So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion
    and his praise in Jerusalem
22 when the peoples and the kingdoms
    assemble to worship the Lord.

23 In the course of my life[b] he broke my strength;
    he cut short my days.
24 So I said:
“Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;
    your years go on through all generations.
25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
    and they will be discarded.
27 But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end.
28 The children of your servants will live in your presence;
    their descendants will be established before you.”


Posted by on July 31, 2015 in the book of Psalms


Tags: , , , ,

2 responses to “Psalms of My Life (Psalm 102)

  1. Nat Reed

    July 31, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Hi Larry:
    I am enjoying your blogs. Thanks for your thoughts and hard work in this regard. I’m not sure if you might remember me, but I attended Emmaus backing 1969-70 when you and Linda were there. I am living in Peterborough, near Toronto, and have been teaching at Trent University in the School of Education for the past nine years after 29 years as an elementary school teacher/principal. My wife, Joyce, and I attend Edmison Heights Bible Chapel here in Peterborough. We have four grown sons and eight grandkids. All the best to you and your family. God bless your ministry.
    Nat Reed

    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      August 1, 2015 at 8:01 am

      So good to hear from you! Wow, hard to believe that our days at Emmaus were getting close to fifty years ago! Did you know that I taught at Providence University College in MB for about 10 years? We became Canadian citizens around 1995 (dual citizens). Great to hear that your family is doing well. Aren’t grandkids great? We’re expecting #’s 5 and 6. Thanks for following my blog. Please keep in touch. Blessings. Larry


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: