Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
psa 102:3An hearth - An hearth is heated or burnt by the coals which are laid upon it.
psa 102:5Skin - My flesh being quite consumed.
psa 102:6A pelican - Is a solitary and mournful bird.
psa 102:9Bread - The sense is, dust and ashes are as familiar to me as the eating of my bread; I cover my head with them; I sit, yea, lie down in them, as mourners often did.
psa 102:10Lifted me - As a man lifts up a thing as high as he can, that he may cast it to the ground with greater force.
psa 102:12Remembrance - Thy name, Jehovah, which is called by this very word, God's remembrance, or memorial, and that unto all generations, Exo 3:15.
psa 102:13The set time - The end of those seventy years which thou hast fixed.
psa 102:18This - This wonderful deliverance shall be carefully recorded by thy people.
psa 102:19Looked - From heaven.
psa 102:20To loose - To release his poor captives out of Babylon, and from the chains of sin and eternal destruction.
psa 102:21To declare - That they might publish the name and praises of God in his church.
psa 102:22When - When the Gentiles shall gather themselves to the Jews, and join with them in the worship of the true God.
psa 102:23He - God. The way - In the midst of the course of our lives. Some think the psalmist here speaks of the whole commonwealth as of one man, and of its continuance, as of the life of one man.
psa 102:24I said - Do not wholly destroy thy people Israel. In the midst - Before they come to a full possession of thy promises and especially of that fundamental promise of the Messiah. Thy years - Though we die, yet thou art the everlasting God.
psa 102:26Perish - As to their present nature and use.
psa 102:28Continue - Though the heavens and earth perish, yet we rest assured that our children, and their children after them, shall enjoy an happy restitution to, and settlement in their own land.