102:1 «A Prayer a of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.» Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my b cry come unto thee.
(a) By which is signified, that even though we
are in great misery, yet there is always room for prayer.
(b) He declares that in our prayer we must lively
feel that which we desire, and steadfastly believe to obtain.
102:3 For my days are c
consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.
(c) These excessive kinds of speech show how much
the affliction of the Church should wound the hearts of the godly.
102:4 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass;
so that I forget d to eat my bread.
(d) My sorrows were so great that I did not eat.
102:6 I am like a e
pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
(e) Always mourning in solitude and casting out
102:8 Mine enemies reproach
me all the day; [and] they that are mad against me are f
sworn against me.
(f) Have conspired my death.
102:9 For I have g
eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
(g) I have not risen out of my mourning to take
102:10 Because of thine h
indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.
(h) He shows that not only the afflictions moved
him, but chiefly the feeling of God's displeasure.
102:12 But thou, O LORD,
shalt i endure for ever; and thy
remembrance unto all generations.
(i) Though we are frail, yet your promise is
sure, and the remembrance of it will confirm us forever.
102:13 Thou shalt arise, [and] have mercy upon
Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the k
set time, is come.
(k) That is, the seventy years which by the
prophet Jeremiah you appointed, (Jeremiah
102:14 For thy servants take pleasure in her l
stones, and favour the dust thereof.
(l) The more the Church is in misery and
desolation, the more the faithful should love and pity it.
102:16 When the LORD shall
build up Zion, he shall appear m in his
(m) That is, when he will have drawn his church
out of the darkness of death.
102:18 This shall be
written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be n
created shall praise the LORD.
(n) The deliverance of the Church is an excellent
benefit, and therefore he compares it to a new creation for in their
banishment the body of the Church seemed to have been dead, which by
deliverance was as it were created anew.
102:20 To hear the groaning
of the prisoner; to loose those that are o
appointed to death;
(o) Who now in their banishment could look for
nothing but death.
102:22 When the people are
gathered p together, and the kingdoms,
to serve the LORD.
(p) He shows that Gad's name is never more
praised, than when religion flourishes and the church increases: which is
chiefly accomplished under the kingdom of Christ.
102:23 He q
weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.
(q) The church lament that they see not the time
of Christ, which was promised, but have but few years and short days.
r They shall perish, but thou shalt
endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou
change them, and they shall be changed:
(r) If heaven and earth perish, much more man
will perish: but the Church by reason of God's promise endures forever.
102:28 The children of thy
servants shall continue, and their seed shall s
be established before thee.
(s) Seeing you have chosen your Church out of the
world, and joined it to you, it cannot but continue forever: for you are