Verse 1 – Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come to You.
Verse 2 – Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble; incline Your ear to me; in the day that I call, answer me speedily.
Verse 3 – For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned like a hearth.
Verse 4 – My heart is stricken and withered like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread.
Verse 5 – Because of the sound of my groaning my bones cling to my skin.
Verse 6 – I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert.
verse 7 – I lie away, and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.
Something is worrying the psalmist to the point of forgetting to eat and he cannot sleep. Being in fear of what might happen or a dread of what others might do, can cause us to be physically sick with worry.
The only thing I have found that will turn all this inside turmoil into peace is the Word of God. It’s not an “I don’t care” attitude. We worry, because we do care. However, worry and sleepless nights cannot change the situation. That’s why we have a loving Father who watches over us; delivers us; and protects us, in whom we place our trust.
Verse 8 – My enemies reproach me all day long, and those who deride me swear an oath against me.
Verse 9 – For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
Verse 10 – Because of Your indignation and Your wrath; for You have lifted me up and cast me away.
Verse 11 – My days are like a shadow that lengthens, and I wither away like grass.
Life is too short to even spend one day in depression. I have never seen a person that who will diligently seek God, not be delivered. Some, would rather tell everyone but God, and wall-er in self-pity. God’s Word and Holy Spirit, can fix this! We should cry out to Him and ask Him to rescue us “speedily.” He says all through His Word, “Cry out to Me and I will answer!”
Verse 12 – But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
Verse 13 – You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her yes the set time, has come.
Verse 14 – For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, and show favor to her dust.
The value of Zion did not diminish in spite of the invasion from Babylon (Ezekiel 26:12).
Verse 15 – So the nations shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. (The psalmist spoke of the future when our Lord comes to rule and reign in Jerusalem.)
Verse 16 – For the Lord shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory.
Verse 17 – He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer.
When Christ returns there shall be a New Jerusalem (Zion) and the entire world will worship our King Jesus. Revelation 21:2 – Then I John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her.
Verse 18 – This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.
Psalm 22:31 – They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this.
Verse 19 – For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven the Lord viewed the earth,
Verse 20 – To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose the appointed to death,
Verse 21 – To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem.
Verse 22 – When the peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.
Verse 23 – He weakened my strength in the way; He shortened my days.
Verse 24 – I said, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years are throughout all generations.”
Verse 25 – Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Verse 26 – They will perish, but You will endure; yes, all of them will grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed.
I want you to notice: the psalmist wrote about what had not been written yet by John, of the heaven and the earths transformation.
Revelation 21:1 – And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
Verse 27 – But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.
Verse 28 – The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.
I think about the generations down through history when reading this psalm. Parents telling their children about our loving God. Telling them not only about what He has done, but what He will do in the future. He’s got a new heaven and a new earth ready to be put in place for Jesus to reign throughout all eternity. Why would anyone not choose to be with Him? Hell was not created for people. It was created for the devil and his angels, but the choice has always been left up to the individual – choose life!