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☝️ Psalm 102:18 | "Let this be recorded for a generation to come.."

Book context, a prayer and reading to set the tone, PLUS a song to help you meditate..

Happy Monday, folks! This week, we’re memorizing Psalm 102:18!

πŸ“§ In today’s email…

  • πŸ€“ Background context on the Psalms

  • πŸ™ A prayer and reading to set the tone for the week

  • 🎡 A song to help you meditate this week

Let’s dig in…

 πŸ§  Memorize

Let this be recorded for a generation to come,

so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord

Psalm 102:18

(Use our free web app to help you memorize in your favorite translation. Instructions to set it up are at the bottom of this email.)

Book Context & Authorship: Psalms ✍️ 

  • What: The Psalms are a collection of Ancient Hebrew poems, songs & prayers

  • When: They were written across a 1,000-year period ranging from the lifetime of Moses in the wilderness (1440β€”1400 BC) to Ezra (fourth century BC)

    • Most were composed during the lifetimes of David and Solomon

  • Each of the 150 Psalms generally fits into one of these 6 categories:

    • Lament, Praise Hymns, Thanksgiving, Kingship & Covenant Psalms, Songs of Trust, and Wisdom Psalms

Psalm 102 is a Song of Lament (a passionate expression of grief or sorrow), but as we’ll see this week, it turns into a song of trust and praise.

A Bible open to the first page of The Psalms.

Author:

The author of Psalm 102 is not explicitly named, but the psalm does start with this description:

"A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD."

Psalm 102:1

So clearly, this psalm was written by someone who was experiencing significant hardship or distress.

πŸ’‘ While Psalm 102 remains anonymous, it seems like the Lord wants us to focus less on β€œwho prayed this?” and more on what was prayed.

Apply & Respond: A prayer book of God’s people πŸ“– 

The first thing to internalize as we read and memorize from Psalm 102 this week, is that Psalm 102 is a personal prayer.

"A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD."

What a gift it is to have a window into the prayer lives of God’s people throughout history!

Pray πŸ™

Heavenly Father, as we memorize Psalm 102:18 this week, help me to connect with the very real, raw prayer that the author prayed over a thousand years ago.

Please speak to me this week, Lord. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear what you are wanting to do in my heart and life. Amen. πŸ™

Read πŸ“– 

Read Psalm 102 slowly today, preparing your heart for the week and inviting God to speak to you.

🍽️ Bonus: Read it out loud at the dinner table with your friends or family.

Listen πŸŽ΅ 

Occasionally, there are songs we find that can help us meditate on the verse we’re memorizing.

Here is a beautiful song that comes from Numbers 6, but that speaks to the topic of our memory verse this week:

The desire for God to bless generations of his people.

I pray that this song would lead you into a posture of worship this week!

See you in your inbox tomorrow as we dig deeper into Psalm 102:18!

Have a great week! πŸ‘‹ 

Best,

Isaac (left) and Kieran (right)

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