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Psalm 102

A prayer of a person who is suffering. This is for when he feels weak and wants to tell his complaints to the Lord.

1Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for help. 2Lord, don’t turn away from me when I have troubles. Listen to me. When I cry for help, quickly answer me. 3My life is passing away like smoke. My life is like a fire slowly burning out. 4My strength is gone—I am like dry, dying grass. I even forget to eat my food. 5Because of my sadness, I am losing weight.* 6I am lonely like an owl living in the desert. I am alone like an owl living in old ruined buildings. 7I can’t sleep. I am like a lonely bird on a roof. 8My enemies always insult me. They make fun of me and curse me. 9My great sadness is my only food. My tears fall into my drinks. 10Why? Because you are angry at me, Lord. You lifted me up and then you threw me away. 11My life is almost finished, like the long shadows at the end of the day. I am like dry and dying grass. 12But Lord, you will live forever! Your name will continue forever and ever! 13You will rise and comfort Zion.* The time is coming when you will be kind to Zion. 14Your servants love her (Zion‘s) stones. They love even the dust of that city! 15People will worship the Lord’s name. God, all the kings on earth will honor you. 16The Lord will build Zion again. People will again see her glory. 17God will answer the prayers of the people he left alive. God will listen to their prayers. 18Write these things for the future generation. And in the future, those people will praise the Lord. 19The Lord will look down from his Holy Place above. The Lord will look down at the earth from heaven. 20And he will hear the prisoner’s prayers. He will free the people who were condemned to die. 21Then people in Zion will tell about the Lord. They will praise his name in Jerusalem. 22Nations will be gathered together. Kingdoms will come to serve the Lord. 23My strength failed me. My life is cut short. 24So I said, “Don’t let me die while I am still young. God, you will live forever and ever! 25Long ago, you made the world. You made the sky with your own hands! 26The world and sky will end, but you will live forever! They will wear out like clothes. And, like clothes, you will change them. They will all be changed. 27But you, God, never change. You will live forever! 28We are your servants {today}. Our children will live here. And even their descendants will be here to worship you.

I am losing weight Literally, “my bones stick to my skin.” Zion The southeast part of the mountain Jerusalem is built on. Sometimes it means the people of God living in Jerusalem.

Psalm 103

A song of David.*

1My soul, praise the Lord! Every part of me, praise his holy name! 2My soul, praise the Lord! And don’t forget that he is truly kind.  3God forgives us for all the sins we do. He heals all our sicknesses. 4God saves our life from the grave. And he gives us love and compassion. 5God gives us plenty of good things. He makes us young again, like an eagle. 6The Lord is fair. God brings justice to people that have been hurt by other people. 7God taught his laws to Moses. God let Israel see the powerful things he can do! 8The Lord is compassionate and merciful. God is patient and full of love. 9The Lord does not always criticize. The Lord does not stay angry at us forever. 10We sinned against God but he didn’t give us the punishment we deserved. 11God’s love for his followers is as high above us as heaven is above the earth. 12And God has taken our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. 13The Lord is as kind to his followers as a father is to his children. 14God knows all about us. God knows we are made from dust. 15God knows our lives are short. He knows our lives are like grass. 16God knows we are like a little wildflower. That flower grows quickly. Then the hot wind blows and the flower dies. Soon, you can’t even tell where the flower was growing. 17But the Lord has always loved his followers. And he will continue to love his followers forever and ever! God will be good to their children and to their children’s children. 18God is good to people who obey his Agreement. God is good to people who obey his commands. 19God’s throne is in heaven. And he rules over everything. 20Angels, praise the Lord! You angels are the powerful soldiers who obey God’s commands. You listen to God and obey his commands. 21Praise the Lord, all his armies.* You are his servants. You do the things that God wants. 22The Lord made everything in every place. God rules everything in every place. And all those things should praise the Lord! My soul, praise the Lord!

A song of David Or, “A song dedicated to David.” armies This word can mean, “armies,” “angels,” or the “stars and planets.” This word is part of the name translated, “Lord All-Powerful.” It shows God is in control of all the powers in the universe.

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