The Lonely Bird
Holy God, in this Advent season I thank You for the light and the life that Jesus brings us.
Read Psalm 102:1-28
 A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the LORD.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb. 12:3, TNIV).
This psalm allows us to eavesdrop on the innermost expressions and emotions of a godly person who is very ill and feels alone and forsaken. Not only is he overwhelmed by physical suffering, but he also struggles to understand why this should be happening to him. Furthermore, he not only has personal suffering to contend with, but he is also deeply concerned about Jerusalem. Nevertheless, he does not despair but turns his thoughts to the greatness of God.
The psalmist does not tell us what has happened, but he feels that God has cast him aside (10). His distress is so intense that he does not remember to eat and he knows that the day of his death is fast approaching (11). He compares himself to a “bird alone” and to an owl among ruins (6,7). In contrast to his own pitiful state, the psalmist knows that God, the eternal King, is enthroned forever. He is comforted by knowing that, although he is weak, he worships the God who laid the foundations of the earth and created the heavens (25).
The psalmist believes that the Lord will show mercy and favor to Zion (13). These prayers and aspirations for Jerusalem are fulfilled through the Lord Jesus Christ. Through his death in Jerusalem, Jesus showed that God is not indifferent to our suffering and pain. The crucified Messiah is now the exalted King and the book of Hebrews uses this psalm to remind us of his greatness and majesty (Heb. 1:10-12). Through his work on the cross a new Jerusalem has been created–a holy city filled with those who love the Lord. We are called to seek the peace of God’s church, where the Lord appears in his glory (16) and where true security is found (28).
Have you ever felt lonely in times of struggle and suffering (6,7)? What resources has God provided to help you cope? How do you use them?
Lord, I thank You for the church, the Body of Christ. I praise You for what it means to me.
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