A Poor Memory


How quickly we can drift from the Lord after a brief period of spiritual staleness!

2 Chronicles 34

Josiah leads Judah into righteousness.


It is almost impossible to imagine that the Law could have gotten lost in Jerusalem. The whole nation is to worship the Lord; the dominant building in Jerusalem is the temple. Israel's entire history revolves around the giving and preservation of the Law. How can this happen? Neglect has a poor memory. How quickly we can drift from the Lord after a brief period of spiritual staleness. Consider our nation. The moral fiber we had 20 years ago is nonexistent today. People are people. Israel drifted the same way—but for a longer time. This ought to serve as a warning to us; the same can happen to us as individuals.


The Lord will guard and care for the heart that follows Him and is filled with praise:

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by...
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.
For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth (Psalm 57:1, 9-11).

Pause for praise and thanksgiving.

Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise (Psalm 51:14-15).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.

Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:

Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • Others to see Christ in you
  • The Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest
  • Your activities for the day

Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:

Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever. Amen (Revelation 7:12).

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