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Day Five – Through All Generations

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Psalm 102 (NIV)

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

because of your great wrath,

for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.

My days are like the evening shadow;

I wither away like grass.

But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;

your renown endures through all generations.

You will arise and have compassion on Zion,

for it is time to show favor to her;

the appointed time has come.

For her stones are dear to your servants;

her very dust moves them to pity.

The nations will fear the name of the Lord,

all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.

For the Lord will rebuild Zion

and appear in his glory.

He will respond to the prayer of the destitute;

he will not despise their plea.

Let this be written for a future generation,

that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:

“The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high,

from heaven he viewed the earth,

to hear the groans of the prisoners

and release those condemned to death.”

So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion

and his praise in Jerusalem

when the peoples and the kingdoms

assemble to worship the Lord.

In the course of my life he broke my strength;

he cut short my days.

So I said: “Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;

your years go on through all generations.

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,

and the heavens are the work of your hands.

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.

But you remain the same,

and your years will never end.

The children of your servants will live in your presence;

their descendants will be established before you.”

Reflection

We have certain expectations for our lives. Some of them are lighthearted-maybe we are looking forward to going out to eat tomorrow night. Others are longer term goals of where we want to be in 5 or 10 years. But what if things don’t pan out and our lives are cut short in our prime?  This is what the writer of the Psalm is facing. At a time that should be marked with strength and success, his life is burned up. Rather than vibrancy, his life is withered. Instead of admiration, people point and laugh and curse.

In prayer, the Psalmist lays out the frailty and pain of his fleeting life in contrast to eternal God and His enduring goodwill toward His people. We start to see resolution as he prays “Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days; your years go on through all generations.” The contrast doesn’t diminish his real need for God, but he begins to see God who will outlast even the most secure things in this life and that this God establishes his people.

We can pray like this when we are in deep trouble and distress. Reread and focus in on verses 24-28 as we bring the things that only God can change. God remains; He does not perish. His years will never end. And thankfully, He wants us to be right there with Him, living in His presence.

Psalm 102:24-28 - “So I said: ‘Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;

your years go on through all generations.

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,

and the heavens are the work of your hands.

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.

But you remain the same,

and your years will never end.

The children of your servants will live in your presence;

their descendants will be established before you.’”

Day Four – Prayer of a Righteous Person

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Day Three – Intimate Response

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Day Two – God’s Unchanging Snapshot

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Day One – Your Snapshot

Monday, September 22nd, 2014