Psalm 102: The Eternal King

How desperate do people need to be before they cry out to God?

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Psalm 102:1–2 A prayer from someone with a desperate need for the Lord.
Hear my prayer, Lord, as I cry out to you. Lord, when I dial 9-1-1, you should know I’m in trouble and need you to answer right away.
King James
Psalm 102:1–2 <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.

Why do people often avoid thoughts about death?

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Psalm 102:3–4 My life will soon pass away like smoke. I’m burning up with fever like fiery coals. Like withered grass, I have no hope for life. I don’t think about eating.
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Psalm 102:3–4 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

How can our groaning turn to gladness?

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Psalm 102:5 In my groaning, I am little more than skin and bones.
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Psalm 102:5 By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

What are the antidotes to feeling alone?

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Psalm 102:6–7 I am like a vulture in the wilderness, like a lonely owl starving in the desert. I can’t sleep. I am like the solitary sparrow on the rooftop, needing a friend but having none.
Proverbs 18:24 A true friend eagerly answers the first call for help, one who shows more concern than a close member of the family.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light of God’s truth, the sacrifice of his Son Jesus Christ takes away our sin so we can enjoy life together.
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Psalm 102:6–7 I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

How should we respond to enemies coming against us?

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Psalm 102:8 My enemies come against me constantly, boasting of their superiority and treating me as a curse.
King James
Psalm 102:8 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

Why might God be angered and want to throw us away?

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Psalm 102:9–10 Instead of food, I have ashes to eat and tears to drink, because you picked me up in your anger and threw me away.
Luke 13:6–9 He gave this illustration: “A man planted a fig tree in his vineyard but was disappointed when he came looking for fruit and found none. So he said to his gardener, ‘Look, for three years I’ve expected to pick fruit from this fig tree, and it is still barren. Cut it down. Why should it be allowed any space in the ground?’
“‘Sir,’ the gardener said, ‘give it one more year to bear fruit. I will cultivate it and fertilize it. Maybe it will yield figs next season. If not, I will cut it down.'”
John 15:2 He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit. He prunes the branches that bear fruit so they will produce more.
Romans 11:22 Pay attention to both the kindness and the judgment of God. Remain in his kindness and avoid being cut off.
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Psalm 102:9–10 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.
Luke 13:6–9 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

How might we benefit from visualizing our life on Earth as short?

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Psalm 102:11 My life is fading like a shadow, my body as frail as withering grass.
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Psalm 102:11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

What is encouraging about God being present on Earth after we have left for Heaven?

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Psalm 102:12 But you, Lord, will remain forever, remembered throughout all generations.
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Psalm 102:12 But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

How can we claim that now is a better time for God’s favor than later ?

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Psalm 102:13 You will stand and show kindness to Jerusalem, for the perfect time for your favor is now. There will be no better time.
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Psalm 102:13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

Why should we be proud of what the Lord is doing? What might be a reason for concern?

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Psalm 102:14–17 Your servants love the stones that make the city and even the dust on the streets. The nations will revere you and their leaders will honor you.
When the Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, he will appear in glory. He won’t ignore the cries of the needy but will answer their prayers.
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Psalm 102:14–17 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

What can we write that will have the greatest benefit to future generations?

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Psalm 102:18 This is written for a future generation so people not yet born will praise the Lord.
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Psalm 102:18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.

How does God feel about the prisoners on death row?

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Psalm 102:19–20 From his exclusive residence above, the Lord looks upon Earth to hear the groaning of prisoners on death row.
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Psalm 102:19–20 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

What motivates people to gather and praise the Lord?

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Psalm 102:21–22 All Jerusalem will recognize the greatness of the Lord and praise him when people gather from every nation to worship the Lord.
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Psalm 102:21–22 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem; When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

What can weakness do for our relationship with the Lord?

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Psalm 102:23 You’ve let me grow weak, Lord, so I don’t have many days left.
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Psalm 102:23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

For what reasons do people want to live a long life on Earth? Why might they want to leave?

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Psalm 102:24 I said, “Don’t take me away mid-life. Your years continue through all generations.
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Psalm 102:24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

What might God have been doing, prior to Earth’s creation?

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Psalm 102:25 You, Lord, created Earth in the beginning, and the entire universe is a result of your work.
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Psalm 102:25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

Besides God, what will last forever? Why?

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Psalm 102:26–28 Like a worn-out garment, the old will be folded up and the new brought forth, but you remain the same forever.
Your servants’ children and their descendants will stand with you.
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Psalm 102:26–28 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: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.