Psalm 102:1-12 A Psalm of David Music: written by Noah Ralph
David wants his prayer to be heard as it were above the noise of his affliction. He wants the Lord to answer speedily in the day that he calls. However, his prayer is also a complaint before the LORD because he knows that his well-being is connected to the well-being of the people of God. He recognises that God is enthroned forever and remembered throughout the generations.
The Chorus of this song acts as the prayer, seeking God to answer speedily and where the sound of desperation is heard clearly. The Verses, are the complaint, the expression of how David is feeling and how he understands what is happening to him, whilst God is enthroned forever.
Will you hear my prayer o Lord,
Let my cry come to you.
Do not hide your face from me,
In the day of my distress.
For my days pass away like smoke,
And my bones burn like a furnace.
My heart is struck down and withered,
I forget to eat my bread.
I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,
Like an owl in the wasteland.
I lie awake like a lonely sparrow,
All the day my enemies taunt me.
For I eat ashes like bread,
And mingle tears with my drink.
Because of your wrath and anger,
You have thrown me up and down.
My days are like an evening shadow,
I wither away like grass.
But you o Lord, are enthroned,
And remembered throughout generations.
Repeat the last two lines of chorus.