King Asa: A Good King

We read about King Asa in today’s Bible reading*. We’re told that although he didn’t do everything right, “Asa did what was right in the Lord’s sight, as his ancestor David had done” (1Kings 15:11 (CSB) No, King Asa wasn’t perfect. But we’re told that “The high places were not taken away, but Asa was wholeheartedly devoted…

Been There. Done That.

In today’s Bible reading* King Solomon looks back at his life and realizes it was all for nothing. Solomon could truly say, “Been there. Done that.” Solomon had everything anyone would want. In the end, all he could say was that it was worthless. God gave Solomon a blank check: Anything he wanted! And all…

Wisdom and Self-Control

Several of the proverbs in today’s Bible reading* talk about controlling your tongue and anger. (Proverbs 13:3; 14:16-17; 15:1-2, 4, 18, 28; 16:23-24, 32) Having self-control is a sign of wisdom. It is a fruit of the Spirit’s filling. (Galatians 5:22-23) James warns, “… the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts…

Burdened by God’s Word

I saw something in today’s Bible reading* that I’ve never seen before. Not only does the psalmist love God’s Word. He is also burdened with the fact that people don’t follow it. He has just said, “How sweet your word is to my taste— sweeter than honey in my mouth.” Psalm 119:103 (CSB) Then in…

Praying with the Psalms

I have mentioned several times before that the Psalms can serve as models for our prayers, praise, thanksgiving, worship, and expressing our grief. The Psalms in today’s Bible reading* are particularly good examples for us. Psalm 89 is another Maskil. You will remember that Maskils are psalms that stimulate the mind. They make you think….