Hear my prayer (Ps 102:1-102:2)

A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before Yahweh

“Hear my prayer!


Let my cry come to you!

Do not hide your face from me

In the day of my distress!

Incline your ear to me!

Answer me speedily

In the day when I call!”

Psalm 102 is rather long compared to the preceding psalms with a long descriptive title. This prayer of the afflicted person wishes to pour out his complaint before Yahweh. There is nothing about David here.   This psalmist wants Yahweh to hear his prayers, plain and simple. He wanted his cry to come to the ear of Yahweh and before his face. In the day of his distress and the day when he called, he wanted a speedy answer from Yahweh. He is almost demanding.

Fools do not understand (Ps 94:8-94:11)


O dullest of the people!


When will you be wise?

He who planted the ear,

Does he not hear?

He who formed the eye,

Does he not see?

He who disciplines the nations,

Does he not chastise?

He who teaches men knowledge,

Does he not chastise?

Yahweh knows our thoughts.

Our thoughts are but an empty breath.”

The psalmist believes that the fools do not understand. He reminded them that they will have to have wisdom. Since God planted the ear and eye, he can certainly see and hear. As God has disciplined and thought all the nations, he can certainly chastise people. Yahweh knows everything since our thoughts are like an empty breath.