Today: Psalms 102:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:1-34; 2 Chronicles 16 & 17; 2 Chronicles 18:1-27

Psalms 102

Psalm 102 is “a prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the LORD.” We are living in a time of turmoil when many of us feel like this psalmist…

“My days vanish like smoke… my heart is blighted and withered like grass…. In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones…. I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof. All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse.” (v.3-8)

Cry out to God in your pain and worries. He hears your cry. He will turn His ear to you and answer you if you cry out to Him.

1 Corinthians 15

Paul was writing to people who had been alive when Jesus walked on the earth! They knew some of the disciples and others who had met Jesus Himself. They knew people who had met with Jesus AFTER He returned from the dead! How wonderful would that have been?!

But even this quickly, they were beginning to get sidetracked and forget. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul reminds them of all the people they know, perhaps some of them personally, “most of whom ware still living,” who witnessed the resurrected Christ.

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

Print reproduction of Jack Levine's painting portraying King Asa (1953). From Teachers and kings : six paintings by Jack Levine, published Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society.

2 Chronicles 16

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

King Asa’s began strong! He feared the LORD, sought God’s guidance, and cleansed idolatry from Judah. But as often happens to men of great power, he grew arrogant and fell away from God. He died badly, sick, bitter, and disgraced.

Our ending matters much more than our beginning. Stay close to God, beloved. Work hard not to fall away from Him as you grow older. Your days are numbered here on this earth. END STRONG!