Psalm 102. This Psalm is a paradox: It is a Psalm of desolation but it could also be described as one of consolation. There is the reality of suffering but also the reality of God’s presence. Somewhere in every Psalm we will find ourselves. This Psalm is no exception. The author of this Psalm is brutally honest. He feels abandoned. He feels as though he’s the only one who has any national pride or heartfelt concern for his homeland. His enemies are unrelenting in their ridicule because of his patriotism. When someone stands for the cause of Christ in the nation, there will be plenty of the devil’s people to attack and persecute. The Psalmist’s worst distress, though, comes from the feeling that God had exalted him and then has thrown him down, but in the end he says, though my weaknesses and problems have not all been resolved or removed, I have confidence in You, God.