April 20, 2020
We are taking 21 days as a church to focus on prayer.
During this time we are going to use the prayer and songbook of the people of God, the Psalms. Read and meditate on the psalm each day with us and then, in response, pray that psalm in your own words. Our devotional authors have provided an example of how they prayed the psalm as well!
Our desire is to see our people grow in their prayer life during this time.
Here in Psalm 1 we have the gateway in to the prayer and songbook of the people of God. We see that any who would delight in the law of the Lord and not walk in the counsel of the wicked will be blessed. The imagery of a tree planted by streams of water is used for the one who meditates on the word of God. Meaning, there will always be fruit in the life of one who loves and meditates on the Word of God!
1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
In response, take the words of Psalm 1 and make it your own prayer!
Father, I want to experience the blessing that only comes from delighting and meditating on your Law.
Help me to not walk in the counsel of the wicked. Give me the wisdom and discernment to not stand in the way of sinners.
Please give me the desire to meditate on your law day and night and to delight in it! I want to bear fruit for You.
Help me to be like a tree planted by streams of water. Help me to be continually nourished by you and Your word. Amen.