Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Prosperous New Month


As many of my regular readers have probably picked up by now, I pray through the book of Psalms each month (150 psalms divided by 30 days in a month = five a day). At the beginning of each new month, I start again at Psalm 1. And here is what greets me:
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.
(Psalm 1:1-3)
Blessed! It is my confession. To confess something means to speak in agreement with it,* and I speak in agreement with this psalm.
  • I am a blessed man.
  • I do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly.
  • I do not stand in the path of sinners.
  • I do not sit with the scornful.
  • I delight in the instruction of the LORD.
  • I mediate in it continually.
  • I am like a tree planted by rivers of water.
  • I bring forth fruit in its season.
  • My leaf shall not wither
  • And whatever I do prospers.
I say these kind of things out loud, sometimes very loud and with great enthusiasm, and I recommend it to you. It is a wonderful way to start off a prosperous month.

For more on this, I’ve written a number of times about Psalm 1 and also about confession. Click the labels at the bottom of this post.
*Someone recently asked if our ministry practices “positive confession.” I answered that we practice speaking in agreement with the Word of God.