Psalm 102 is often referred to as the “Prayer of an Overwhelmed Heart”. In it, King David compares himself to an owl in a desert … lonely as a solitary bird on a roof. An avid fan of owls, I’m aware that deserts and owls don’t mix nicely. No mice and no trees, a desert-stranded owl has to make a drastic adjustment and learn to live on moths and to burrow in holes in the ground.
No, an owl in a desert would be a forlorn, desperate sight. Pitiful. King David felt dried up; desperately far from God, with depression wrapping a thick hand around him. He was like that owl – vulnerable, exposed, alone. Enemies taunted. He was a man without comfort.
I’ve wondered if Psalm 101 and 102 were meant to go together as one. If so, we are given an intriguing insight into this king, known as a friend of…
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