May 29, 2024

Thomas McNeilly

Jesus Christ is King

What is Psalms 102 and Proverbs 12:25
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1 Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to me when I call to you for help. 2Now that I am in trouble, please do not turn away from me. Listen carefully to me. Now that I am calling to you for help, please answer me quickly. 3My life is quickly disappearing, like smoke from a fire. My bones hurt very much, as if they were burning in an oven. 102:3 His illness makes him feel hot. 4I am very weak and upset, like dry grass that will soon die. I even forget to eat my food. 5I cry aloud with pain, so that I am just skin and bones. 102:5 Skin and bones is a way to say ‘very, very thin.’ 6I am like a wild bird in the desert. I am like an owl in the wilderness. 7I am awake in the night, like a bird that sits alone on the roof. 8All day my enemies insult me. They laugh at me and they use my name as a curse. 9-10Because you are so angry with me, I eat ashes as my food. My tears drop into the water that I drink. It seems that you have picked me up, and then you have thrown me away. 11My days are disappearing, like a shadow in the evening. Like dry grass, I will soon die. 12But you, Lord, rule for ever as king. People will always remember you. 13You will soon be kind to Zion again. Now it is time to forgive her. Yes, the time is now right for you to do that. 14Her buildings have become broken stones and dust. But your servants still love your city. We are sad to see that it is broken down. 15The nations will respect the Lord’s name. All the kings of the world will praise your glory. 16That will happen when the Lord builds Zion again and he appears there in his glory. 17He will answer the prayers of poor people who have nothing. He will not refuse to help them. 18Write these things down for people who live in future times to read. Then they too will praise the Lord. 19Tell them that the Lord looked down from his home in heaven. He saw what was happening on the earth. 20He heard the prisoners call out in pain. He saved the lives of prisoners so they could go free before their enemies could kill them. 21As a result, people will shout the Lord’s name in Zion. Yes, they will praise him in Jerusalem! 22At that time, people from all nations will meet together. The kingdoms of the world will come to serve the Lord. 23But God has made me weak before I have reached old age. He has made my life short. 24So I pray, ‘My God, please do not let me die now, in the middle of my life. The years of your life continue for ever! 25Long ago, you built the world on a strong foundation. You created the heavens with your own hands. 26They will all disappear one day, but you will remain. They will become spoiled, like old clothes. Like clothes, you will remove them, so that they disappear. 27But you remain the same, Lord. The years of your life will never finish. 28As your servants, our children will live here safely. Their children too will be safe, as they live near to you.’ If you worry all the time, it will make you sad. But kind words will make you happy.