Psalm 102: A Prayer of the Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted One

(28 verses, 2:27 to read)


What I am about to  READ

  • As the title indicates: “A prayer of one afflicted, when He is faint and pours out His complaint before the Lord.”


  • There are a few verses especially to mark and learn.  This prayer is prayed most perfectly by the One who was smitten by God and afflicted (Is. 53:4), the One oppressed and afflicted, yet opened not His mouth (Is. 53:7).  When we pray it in our afflictions, we pray it in Him.  This gives us full confidence that “he regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise [our] prayer (vs. 17).”
  • vs. 2 – God hiding His face is bad news, unless of course He hides His face from our sin (Psalm 51:9).  Because Christ bore our sin, the Father hid His face from the Son.  The blessing we get: “The Lord make His face shine up you and be gracious to you.”
  • vs. 7 – Sin separates us from God and from each other.  Because Christ bore our sin, He is “like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.”  The blessing we get: “The fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
  • vs. 8 – Our Lord’s enemies taunt Him from His cross and use His name, the Christ and the King of the Jews, as a curse.  “He saved others; let him save Himself, if He is the Christ of God, His Chosen One…If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself…If you are the Christ, save yourself and us (Luke 23:35, 37, 39).”
  • vs. 19-20 – The Lord Jesus not only looks down from heaven, but even “for us men and our salvation, came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary (Nicene Creed).”  Why?  “To hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die (vs. 20).”  He still comes down from heaven through His Word and Supper.  Let us not forget to eat His bread (vs. 4)- which is His body – when the people of God “gather together…to worship the Lord” (vs. 22) when afflicted with sin and temptation.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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