Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Psalm 1 ~ O the Happiness!

I have started working on a little project, adapting some of the psalms as personal confessions. To confess something is to speak in agreement with it. It is one of the ways I have learned to meditate on the Word, repeating it to myself and personalizing it, instructing my soul with it. David learned how to “encourage himself in the LORD” (1 Samuel 30:6). Confessing the psalms has helped me learn that, too.

O the Happiness! ~ from Psalm 1

O the happiness!

I do not walk in the counsel of those who are ungodly;
I do not seek out or follow their advice.
I do not stand in the path with those who purpose to do what is wrong.
I do not sit with those who mock what is good.

But my delight is in the instruction of Yahweh,
I think about it all the time.

So I am like a tree planted by rivers of water,
Established, well-rooted, well-fed,
That bears its fruit abundantly in its season;
And its leaf does not wither.
Whatever I do prospers.

The judgment of Yahweh is for me, not against me.
I stand with the people who stand in awe of Him,
And Yahweh watches over my path.

O the happiness!

Personal Confessions from the Psalms
Personal Confessions from the Psalms
Prayers and Affirmations for a Life of Faith, Happiness and Awe in God
by Jeff Doles

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