Praying Through Psalms: God’s Word (Psalm 1)

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.”  -Psalm 1:1-3, NIV

God, my Father, You are all-knowing.  Your wisdom and understanding is infinitely above mine.  Although you allow me to participate in Your work on this earth, it is You who formed it, made it, and holds it all together.

I confess to You that I often think more highly of myself than I ought.  I think I know what is right or how to offer the best advice to others, but in fact, I am so far from the Truth.  Little do I know about Your ways.  Forgive me for not consulting You prior to deciding or giving others my opinions.

Thank You for the grace of Your Word.  It is in Your Word that true wisdom exists, ready to be received, applied, and assimilated into my life.

Lord, produce in me a delight for Your Word that You might strengthen and equip me to be fruitful in Your work.  Remind me to meditate on Your Word day and night that I may not wither under the pressures of this world, but that I would be blessed for Your purposes.

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2 Responses to Praying Through Psalms: God’s Word (Psalm 1)

  1. Bob Rogers says:

    Many people have interpreted Psalm 1 as a guide to godly manhood. However, the 2011 revision of the NIV says, “Blessed is the one” instead of “Blessed is the man.” What are your thoughts about that?

    • michaelbarnhart says:

      Although these verses can speak truth specifically to men, who are to be leaders of their homes in godliness, the connotation of the word “man” in the previous New International Version implies ‘mankind.’ This suggests that the truths found in these verses are for all people, men and women.

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