The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.

Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.

I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.

My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

But thou, O Lord, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.

For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth;

To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

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:

But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.” – Psalm 102 (KJV)

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  1. Psalm 102
    “The Afflicted Ruler”

    A prayer for an afflicted person who is weary and pours out his complaints before the Lord.

    Opening Plea
    1 O Lord, hear my prayer,
    and let my cry for help come to you.
    2 Do not hide your face from me on the day when I am distressed.
    Turn your ear to me on the day I call.
    Hurry! Answer me!

    The Shortness of His Days
    3 For my days go up in smoke,
    and my bones are burned like hot coals.
    4 My heart is cut down and withered like grass,
    so I forget to eat my food.
    5 Because of the sound of my groaning, my bones stick out of my flesh.
    6 I am like an owl in the wilderness,
    like a screech owl[a] among the ruins.
    7 I lie awake.
    I have become like a lonely bird on a roof.
    8 All day long my enemies taunt me.
    Those who ridicule me use my name as a curse,
    9 because I eat ashes like bread,
    and I mix tears with my drinks.
    10 Because of your rage and your wrath,
    you have picked me up and thrown me away.
    11 My days are being stretched out like a shadow,
    and I am dried up like grass.

    God’s Endless Years
    12 But you, Lord, sit on your throne forever,
    and you will be remembered through all generations.
    13 You will rise and have compassion on Zion.
    Yes, it is time to be gracious to her,
    because the appointed time has come.
    14 Yes, your servants will show favor to her stones,
    and they will have compassion on her dust.
    15 Then the nations will fear the name of the Lord,
    and all the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
    16 For the Lord will rebuild Zion.
    He will appear in his glory.
    17 He will respond to the prayer of the naked.
    He will not despise their prayer.
    18 Let this be written till the last generation,
    so that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.[b]
    19 For the Lord looked down from his high, holy place.
    From heaven he viewed the earth
    20 to hear the groans of the prisoner,
    to release those condemned to death.
    21 So the name of the Lord will be recorded in Zion
    and his praise in Jerusalem,
    22 when the peoples and the kingdoms are gathered together
    to serve the Lord.

    The Plea Repeated
    23 He took away my strength during my lifetime.
    He cut short my days.
    24 I said, “My God, do not take me away in the middle of my days.”

    The Eternal King
    Your years go on through all generations.
    25 Long ago you laid a foundation for the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
    26 They will perish, but you remain.
    All of them wear out like a garment.
    Like clothing you will change them,
    and they will be changed.
    27 But you are the same,
    and your years will never end.
    28 The children of your servants will dwell with you,
    and their descendants will be established before you. – Psalm 102 (EHV)

    [a] Psalm 102:6 The exact identification of the birds is uncertain.
    [b] Psalm 102:18 The short form of the divine name, Yah, is used here instead of the full form, Yahweh.

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