THE DESIRE OF THE DISTRESSED Psalms 102:1-11
CRUSHED AND COMPLAINING Psalms 102 Intro. Part 1
PRESSURED A Prayer of the afflicted,
PLAGUED when he is overwhelmed,
THE LORD GIVES US TRIUMPH IN EVERY PROBLEM
Psalms 34:19 says: many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
This is a potent motivation to prayer. We have an outstanding promise of assuring rescue. We have precise encouragement in every trial. And we have extraordinary enablement in each difficulty and burden.
THE LORD GIVES US DELIVERANCE IN EVERY PREDICAMENT
Ps 71:20 Thou, which have showed me great and sore troubles, shall make me live again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the
David endured the insensitivity of his father, the jealousy of his brothers, the savagery of his father in law Saul; and the betrayal of his wife Michal.
Then in his own family he tolerated, the incest of Amnon, his son who raped Tamar, his daughter, the murder of Amnon by Absalom his son. Then he weathered the deception of Joab, and Absalom’s rebellion against him; the curses of Shimei, and the squabbling of the sons of Zeruiah; with many others.
David felt a variety of inward emotional devastations. There we’re the polluting corruptions of his own heart, the disgusting filthy expressions of his natural inclination. He dealt with destitution hiding in a lonely escape, hole up in a dark cave where he was surrounded by dysfunctional discontent from the rag tag riffraff that he attracted. He endured the hiding of God’s face, and the temptations of Satan.
David doesn’t blame it on the instruments of second causes, but he blames God as the one who either laid it all on him, or allowed it to happen to him, for his good and God’s glory.
THE LORD GIVES US HIMSELF IN THE MIDST OF OUR PAIN
When we are overwhelmed and grow faint. When we feel totally weak, because of sickness, or excessive emotional stress. We listen to David in the Psalms who says that he felt covered with a shroud, draped and totally clothed with emotional devastation and buried to the point of struggling for breath from the pressure of the constant onslaught of crushing heaviness and heaving uncontrollable feelings. And what does the Psalmist do? He prays. This is the answer, David journals his feelings, writing Psalms of poetic prayer expressions. He buries his head in the bosom of his beloved. He pours out his tears in The Lord’s comforting warmth.