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A Psalter’s Delight (Meditation on Psalm 1)


(Recently I became convinced that I lack a prayer life. Not that I don’t pray at all, but my prayers lack the same level of fervidity and belief that I see in the great men of God. Apart from the Lord’s prayer, Jesus’ teaching, and the many prayers recorded in Bible, I started to look into Psalms, the divine inspired prayer book, to learn how God wants me to pray. )

…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 that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. (Ps. 1:2-3)

Two ways presented, the blessed and the cursed proclaimed, the righteous and the wicked apportioned – one with fruitfulness and everlasting joy, the other, life of vanity and destruction. Like the children of Israel before Mt Gerizim and Mt Ebal, the psalter warns us clearly the end to each road. (Deut.11:29)

And it is not hidden from us how we ought to walk: delight in the law (precepts, instructions) of God and meditate on it day and night. If we stop saturating our life through the word of God, how we should know we are walking in his will? How do we know we still have a living relationship with God, if we found his word tiresome and unattractive compared to the colourful screens in our hands?

If I ceased to pray or sat in his presence, I would be cut off from the author of life (Acts 3:15); I would be like a tree uprooted, having the appearance of lush foliage, but I would be as good as dried firewood.

Father help me to be rooted in the river of living water, that I may live and live fruitfully. Teach me to see myself in your words, lest I rely on my own knowledge and ignorance. Know my way and keep me in your way, for in your way only, there is life and everlasting joy. Amen!


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