The Psalms

Psalm 102

In his prayer, the prophet makes a grievous complaint, 1-11. He takes comfort in the eternity and mercy of God, 12-17. The mercies of God are to be recorded, 18-22. He sustains his weakness by the unchangeableness of God, 23-28.

1 [A Prayer of the Afflicted: when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the LORD.] Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to you.

2 Do not hide your face from me in the day when I am in trouble. Incline your ear to me. In the day when I call, answer me speedily.

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

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

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

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

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

8 My enemies reproach me all the day, and those who are enraged against me have sworn against me.

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

10 Because of your indignation and your wrath. For you have lifted me up and cast me down.

11 My days are like a shadow that declines, and I am withered like grass.

12 But you, O LORD, shall endure forever, and your remembrance to all generations.

13 You shall arise and have mercy upon Zion, for the time to favor her, even the set time, has come.

14 For your servants take pleasure in her stones and favor the dust thereof.

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

16 When the LORD builds up Zion, he will appear in his glory.

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

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

19 For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary. From heaven the LORD has beheld the earth,

20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those who are appointed to death,

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

22 When the people are assembled, and also the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

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

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

25 Of old you have laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

26 They shall perish, but you will endure. Indeed, all of them shall grow old like a garment. As a vesture you will change them, and they shall be changed.

27 But you are the same, and your years will have no end.

28 The children of your servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before you."


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 102


[v.25] - Quoted in Hebrews 1:10.

[v.26] - Quoted in Hebrews 1:11.

[v.26-27] - Quoted in Hebrews 1:12.