Praying the Psalms: Fri, 26 Oct – Psalm 102 ~ hope in despair

Praying the Psalms

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Morning Reading: Psalm 102 (NLT)A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the Lord.

Lord, hear my prayer! Listen to my plea! Don’t turn away from me in my time of distress. Bend down to listen, and answer me quickly when I call to you.

  • For my days disappear like smoke, and my bones burn like red-hot coals.
  • My heart is sick, withered like grass, and I have lost my appetite.
  • Because of my groaning, I am reduced to skin and bones.
  • I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.
  • I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof.
  • My enemies taunt me day after day. They mock and curse me.
  • I eat ashes for food.
  • My tears run down into my drink because of your anger and wrath.
  • For you have picked me up and thrown me out.
  • My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows.
  • I am withering away like grass.

But you, O Lord, will sit on your throne forever. Your fame will endure to every generation. You will arise and have mercy on Jerusalem—and now is the time to pity her, now is the time you promised to help. For your people love every stone in her walls and cherish even the dust in her streets. Then the nations will tremble before the Lord. The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory.

  • For the Lord will rebuild Jerusalem. He will appear in his glory.
  • He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas.

Let this be recorded for future generations, so that a people not yet born will praise the Lord. Tell them the Lord looked down from his heavenly sanctuary. He looked down to earth from heaven

  • to hear the groans of the prisoners,
  • to release those condemned to die.

And so the Lord’s fame will be celebrated in Zion, his praises in Jerusalem, when multitudes gather together and kingdoms come to worship the Lord.

He broke my strength in midlife, cutting short my days. But I cried to him,

“O my God, who lives forever, don’t take my life while I am so young! Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them. But you are always the same; you will live forever. The children of your people will live in security. Their children’s children will thrive in your presence.”


Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: Here the cries of your people living in despair; answer them with mercy and grace –

+ for they are near death; their lives are slipping away…
+ for they are filled with sorrow; they are weak and helpless…
+ for they are wasting away; reduced to skin and bones…
+ for they are isolated; alone and friendless…
+ for they are miserable; cursed by their enemies…
+ for they are distraught; your anger torments them…

O Lord our God: Here the cries of your people living in despair; answer them with mercy and grace –

+ for you are eternal; you rule and reign forever…
+ for you are unchanging: your loving-kindness lasts forever…
+ for you are present; your redemption is near…
+ for you are good; your restoration brings blessing…
+ for you are kind; your deliverance brings joyful praise…

O Lord our God: Here the cries of your people living in despair; answer them with mercy and grace. For you are able, through your mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to you, Lord God, in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

“Psalm 102” (To this my prayer O listen Lord) – Jason Coghill


Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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