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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 102

Gaebelein's Annotated BibleGaebelein's Annotated

Verses 1-28

Psalms 102:0

Christ the King in His Humiliation

1. In the place of humiliation and dependence (Psalms 102:1-7 )

2. His enemies (Psalms 102:8-11 )

3. The set time for Zion (Psalms 102:12-16 )

4. The blessings which follow (Psalms 102:17-22 )

5. The God-man in His work (Psalms 102:23-28 )

That this Psalm is a prophecy concerning the sufferings of Christ, His humiliation and death, and the gracious results which flow from it, is confirmed by the quotation in the first chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews. In that chapter His work and His glory are unfolded. Here we have both. First we have a prophetic picture of the lonely One, like a pelican, an owl in the desert and as a sparrow alone upon the house top. What a deep humiliation for Him who created all things (Psalms 102:23-28 ) to take the lowest place, even like a sparrow. Then we read how His enemies reproach Him. He eats His bread like ashes and mingles His drink with weeping. He suffers more than that, in making atonement--God’s indignation and wrath is upon Him.

Next we read something of the joy which was set before Him on account of which He endured the cross, despising the shame. Here is part of the travail of His soul. God will through Him, have mercy upon Zion when the set time to favour her has come. All nations will then fear His Name, and all the kings behold His glory. And Zion shall assuredly be built when the Lord appears in glory, His second coming. Then the glorious results when “the people are gathered together (in the kingdom) and the kingdoms serve the Lord.” The closing verses tell us of His glory as the God-Man. The Man who suffered thus is the Lord of all, Jehovah the Creator. The Spirit of God alone could teach the true application of these words and He has done so in Hebrews 1:10-12 .

Bibliographical Information
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Psalms 102". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/psalms-102.html. 1913-1922.
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