Pray with Psalm 1

Praying Through Psalms
Psalm 1, verses 1-3

What better time than now to focus on praying Scripture? The news headlines bring grim tidings by the day. Each day appears worse than the previous one. Praying Scripture is such a powerful remedy for fear and negative thinking! Notice the difference it makes immediately. Stay in faith and peace!

Just keep reading through this blog post and the ones to follow. If you have not experienced Scripture prayer before, these posts will put you in the flow. If you are accustomed to praying Scripture, I hope these posts will encourage you to even more prayer. So here we go:

Notice that the prayer below does not follow the verses, line by line. As I worked with these verses prayer became an organic response to the general theme of the Psalm. There is even the use of an entirely separate Scripture reference: “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!”(Ps 34:8) As you continue to use Scripture as a prayer prompt, you will find yourself more and more combining Scripture as you pray. It will just flow.

Suggestion: Take the word “blessed” which means happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable. Use these words today for reflection, meditation. Roll the words around and around and let the Lord speak to your heart about them. Remember to keep notes on what you hear.

Verse 1-3
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor stands in the path of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that brings forth its fruit in its season,
whose leaf also shall not wither;
and whatever he does shall prosper. NKJV

Thank You, Lord, that I have the mind of Christ (Phil 2:5). I have chosen to operate by Your Spirit of Wisdom. My mind is focused on You, Lord, and the truth of Your Word. My ear is tuned to hear Your words of counsel. I seek Your instruction which is true, vibrant and life-giving. I have chosen to have You give direction to my life. You, Lord, and no one else…nothing else.

You have caused me, Lord, to be like a tree planted and tended beside a sure river. You are the River, Lord. My roots go deep down into You. So I am confident that if there is drought all around me, I will not wilt. I will not faint. You sustain me, Lord through economic crisis. And, I say, “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Ps 34:8)

I draw on Your living water today, Lord, to nourish and refresh the spiritual fruit that is developing in my life. Thank You for Your water that never runs dry.

And thank You for the prospering You cause in my life. I prosper now in my spirit, my soul, and my body. O God, I am blessed. Alleluia! Amen!

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