Psalm 102

The Book of Psalms is full of raw prayers of lament, giving us permission to take our pain, our anger, our questions before the One who knows us best. We join the psalmist in 102:1-2 as he cries out, “Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you! Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!”

In verses 3 through 11, the psalmist pours out his specific complaints, and then we shouldn’t miss what he does next. In verse 12, he begins, “But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever…”

The psalmist doesn’t stay in his lament. Instead, he returns to the unchanging character of God, choosing to sit in the truth of who his God has been, is and will continue to be. We have a beautiful example here of raw honesty and praise before the Lord.