Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Psalm prayers: Psalm 1

I truly need to be much more intentional in making time just to be, and relax into Scripture. 
I'm in danger of the Bible becoming a work book. Time to build in reflection spaces that aren't centred on the job! 
Psalm 1 is a useful reminder, I feel.
1 Happy* are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
   or take the path that sinners tread,
    or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 They are like trees
    planted by streams of water,
   which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
   In all that they do, they prosper.
4 The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.
                                   *meh, I prefer the other translation, 'blessed'!
Which path, Lord?
What do we delight in?
What absorbs us,  
that we lose all track of time -
of light, of night? 
Let us drink deep from your word,
a reservoir of blessing.
So may we become
rooted and fruitful,
shot through with green;
blossoming, flourishing.
Prune away the scoffing cynicism
that withers budding leaf,
the restlessness 
of an ear inclined to listen elsewhere.
Open our hearts to delight,
to prosper in you.
In so doing,
may we look up,
branch outwards,
help others bloom and grow
and delight in you,
this day and always. 
Amen.

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