Psalm 102 – Talking with God

Introduction:  Verses 25-27 of this Psalm are quoted nearly verbatim in Hebrews 1:10-12 as proof for the immutability and eternality of Christ.  Although the human author wrote about his overwhelming afflictions the Divine Author inspired him to prophesy concerning the Christ to come.

1. His Call to God – vs.1-2

What does the Psalmist want from God?

2. His Complaint to God – vs.3-11

What conditions does the Psalmist bring to God?

Vs. 3                Shortness of life – health limitations – fever

Vs. 4                Emotional and mental difficulties – frailty

Vs. 5                Health problems – wasting, pain

Vs. 6-7             Loneliness

Vs. 8                Persecution – rejection

Vs. 9                Despair

Vs.10               Chastening

Vs.11               Getting Old – Aging process

3. His Awe of God – vs.12-28

What attributes does the Psalmist recognize about God?

Vs. 12              God is Eternal

Vs. 13-14         God is Merciful

Vs. 15              God is Worthy of reverence

Vs. 16              God is Glorious

Vs. 17              God is Approachable (when one has a right attitude)

Vs. 18              God is Praise worthy

Vs. 19              God is cognoscente of what happens on earth

Vs. 20              God is able to deliver

Vs. 21-22         God is able to be served

Vs. 23-24         God is in control – Sovereign

Vs. 25              God is the creator

Vs. 26  -27       God is unchanging – Immutable and eternal

Vs. 28              God is faithful –

Psalm 102:25 work of thy hands. Psalm 102:25-27 is quoted in Hebrews 1:10-12 and addressed to the Lord Jesus Christ as Creator of heaven and earth. This confirms that the earlier verses of the psalm are especially applicable to the humiliation and suffering of Christ (Psalm 102:1-11).

Psalm 102:26 wax old like a garment. The aging of the earth and heaven is a relatively recent discovery of science, which is the universal principle of increasing entropy or decay. This remarkable fact—that every system of any sort or size tends to disintegrate with time—is now recognized as the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and has no known exception. It reflects God’s primeval Curse on the creation because of sin (Genesis 3:15-17; Romans 8:20-22).

Psalm 102:27 thou art the same. There is, of course, one exception to this law of decay. The God who imposed the law on His creation is not subject to the law Himself. Neither is His Word, for Jesus said: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35)”  (Defender’s Study Bible).

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