For a Generation To Come

Text: Psalm 102

Reflection and Question: The Psalmist’s purpose here is spelled out loud and clear: “This is recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet unborn may praise God.” It makes good sense, then, that the opening verses of this psalm move from a very personal prayer, with graphic images of suffering, to a communal expression of hope for God’s restoration of Jerusalem. Whether the promise is to an individual or to the people of God, its certainty or foundation will endure for all God’s children, generation after generation until today. How does the assurance of God’s love help you praise God?

Prayer: Hear me, dear God; let my cry come to You. Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress. But You are the same, and Your years have no end. The children of Your servants shall live secure, for which we give thanks and praise. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).