Affliction, Hope & Relief

Affliction, Hope & Relief

by GUY COHEN JUNE 30, 2020

“Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble…” (Psalm 102:2).

Psalm 102:1-12 is the prayer of a man in the midst of suffering. We can identify with him. He is bringing his complaints, fears and sorrows before God. He feels pressure from many directions. He speaks specifically about his enemies and also his physical body. On the other hand we get the impression that part of the problem is that the writer feels distanced from God.

Whatever the reason, whether it was a personal struggle on David’s part or whether God was displeased with his actions and was waiting for repentance; this is a dangerous place for anyone to be in.

How is it possible to come before God in this situation? We see the dryness of his physical, mental and spiritual being. David needs water. He needs the presence of the Holy Spirit from whom he drew his very life. The birds referenced are those that inhabit deserts and ruined places, symbols of death and destruction (verse 6).

Interestingly David describes the sense of feeling alone like a bird perching on a roof (verse 7). When is David pictured as being alone on a roof? It was when he saw Bathsheba, and where did that lead him? David fell into that situation by not being where he was supposed to be.

The depth of David’s suffering is pictured as his tears fill his drinking cup (verse 9). Everyone is against him. Where else in the Word do we read of someone being scorned? We see