From Handbook to Scripture, Day 144
READING: PSALM 1
The Psalter, comprising five books in one, powerfully and beautifully portrays the whole range of human emotions. Because of this, it has served as the most comforting and relevant book of the Bible for generations of believers. The psalms show us how to praise and worship God both in good and in difficult times, and they call us to put our hope in God and not in people or resources.
The first psalm is a fitting doorkeeper to the Psalter as a whole because of its stark contrast between the way of life and the way of death. It begins with a negative and positive description of the person who is blessed in the sight of God, and sharply contrasts this with the fate of those who have rejected God’s claims on their lives.
Prayer: Lord, I thank You for this clear reminder that those who delight in and meditate on Your instructions for living will grow and bear the fruit of character and joy. May I be responsive to Your Word and delight in it.
Meditation passage: verses 2–3
From Simple Prayers, Day 144
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
As I approach Your throne of grace today, I am grateful that You care about the things that concern me and that You want me to offer them up to You.
May I be strong and courageous, being careful to obey Your word; may I not turn from it to the right or to the left, that I may act wisely wherever I go. (Joshua 1:7)
Take a moment to share your personal needs with God, including your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual concerns.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
I know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18)
God placed all things under Christ’s feet and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:22–23)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
We have known and have believed the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. In this way, love has been perfected among us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:16–18)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
I will be strong and courageous, being careful to obey Your word; I will not turn from it to the right or to the left, that I may act wisely wherever I go. (Joshua 1:7)
I want to be above reproach, blameless as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not fond of dishonest gain, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sensible, just, holy, and self-controlled. (Titus 1:6–8)
Lord, I thank You that You are the Most High over all the earth and that You placed all things under Christ’s feet. I ask for the grace to abide in Your love, to obey Your word, and to be above reproach.
From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 144 (Wisdom)
DEMONSTRATE GOD’S KINDNESS TO OTHERS
What is desirable in a person is to show kindness,
and a poor person is better than a liar.
As those who have been chosen of God, holy and
beloved, clothe yourselves with a heart of compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one other and forgiving one other
even as the Lord forgave you;
and above all these things, put on love,
which is the bond of perfection.
Lord, grant me the grace to live in the realization that I have been called to serve others and not myself. I ask for a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience in the way I relate to other people. Since I have been chosen and beloved by You, the living God, may I demonstrate love and kindness to others. Amen.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.