Psalm 1

Today we begin an ambitious project! For the next nine months, you and I will get the opportunity to read through, and more importantly, pray through the Psalms together.

Each Sunday on all of the major podcast platforms there will be five new RichlySpeaking Podcast episodes that you can download for the week ahead. Or you can find them here each day, Monday through Friday. The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

My prayer for all of us as we make time daily for the Word to speak to our hearts is echoed in Paul’s encouragement to the church at Colossae, in today’s Turkey: “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” (Colossians 3:16, NLT).

I’m thankful for you and look forward to refreshed souls and new insights into the heart of the Father.

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you that you bless those people who refuse to follow evil advice or be trapped into following sinners or those who mock your holy name. Thank you for filling us with your Holy Spirit so that we may embrace your word, your truths… and that by doing so we are happy and blessed… We find delight in meditating on your Word day and night… We find joy in thinking about ways to honor you and follow you. Thank you that we might be like a tree planted along a stream… a tree that never fails to bear fruit… Thank you that your ways lead to success!

Protect us from those who are evil… we don’t want to be known as someone who is blown like the wind… Thank you for your grace so that we won’t have an excuse on the day of judgement, that we will be received with others who call on your name. Thank you that you protect everyone who follows you. And Lord, we pray today for those who do not follow you, whose choices lead to ruin. May your Holy Spirit call them to you. May they bow their knees to you and your overwhelming grace.

We love you God and offer this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

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