When confronted with distress in others, words dry up in our throats. If the words we seek do come out, they sometimes seem awkward or out of place. Thus, the best commentary on the prayer of Psalm 102:1-12 may be the blank page. Silence.
It was my back pain that got me in the yoga studio, but it is the Psalmist who keeps me coming back. “Be still and know that I am God,” he writes.
Do you think it better to have high expectations of others and risk disappointment, or to have low expectations and have them exceeded regularly?
As this academic year nears its close, I encourage you to use this passage as you pray for and with your graduates.
Prayer is an incubator that provides the spiritual conditions to grow religious passion. Furthermore, prayer reminds us that the Divine presence is near even when our circumstances suggest God is far away.
David’s prayer can serve as a model of how we should pray for our political leaders, especially our newly elected president.