-Theme: The Founder of the earth is living, eternal, and immutable. His people of every generation can trust in Him to help in time of need.
-Historical Insight: This is an anonymous Psalm as a prayer of the afflicted to cry out before the LORD in complaint when their heart is faint.
-*Application* There are situations in this life when all that we have left is the help of the LORD. This is the essence of desperation. When He seems distant and our troubles are immense, prayer is our primary solace and strength. We desire quick and positive answers, but too often there is delay in the process and negative vibes keep pounding like waves of the sea. These times make us feel consumed, weak, sleepless, and without appetite. We have a tendency to feel like everyone is against us and constant lamentation drains us. We can often falsely assume that the LORD is perturbed in His wrath, which is poured out towards us in these situations. Days grow long and wearisome. But (the key contrast here in verse 12), our forever abiding God is not against us when we are His people. He will arise and have compassion on us as He revives us in His grace and mercy. The Temple of the LORD, which is both physical and spiritual, is our resting place as a welcoming abode for comfort and strength. God will appear there in His glory as He regards the prayer of the destitute. He will never despise our prayers unto Him (Psalm 102:17). He sets us free that we might have eternal joy and a testimony of His goodness among all the peoples of this earth. Together, we will serve the LORD. He endures and will carry us forward to incredible destiny. The earth will one day wear out and be consumed, but our God, Jesus Christ, and His Kingdom will never vanish (Psalm 102:25-28, Hebrews 1:10-12; 13:8).
Verses to Memorize: Psalm 102:25-28