Prayer for the day
Father, Keep us close to your heart that even our dreams are peaceful, and that we may see things more and more from your point of view. A prayer by Corrie Ten Boom
Psa. 1:1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
A longer comment than usual for the first Psalm: The Psalms provide us with a variety of example of about 4 ways of speaking to God. First, we say to God “You are great!” (ex. Ps 8). Second, we say to God “Help!” (ex. Ps 3). Sometimes we may feel less desperate, and so a third way of speaking to God is to say amid our circumstances “I trust you.” (ex. Ps 23). Finally, we have the experience of God taking action to deal with our situation. Then naturally we say to God “Thank you.” (ex. Ps 30). These four types of psalms are all words spoken to God, rather than by God. About 15 psalms are dominated by God’s speaking or by a priest or prophet speaking – these psalms speak to us. Psalm 1 is such a psalm, speaking blessing over those who meditate on Yahweh’s teaching.