Psalm 1 –
Father, oh to be the blessed and fulfilled man of this Psalm. May this portrait of a life of wisdom be the compelling desire of all of our hearts. Free us from conducting our lives and making our decisions based upon the advice of those who are hostile to you. May we be kept from the downward spiral of walking, standing, and sitting with those who are called “wicked” … those who oppose Your rule and your Word.
May we have a growing discomfort with sin — in our own lives, in the lives of our family members, and our church, and our culture. May our delight be in Your Torah. Ignite our hearts with a desire to meditate upon Your Word with regularity, with intentionality and with resolve. As a result, may our lives look like the tree and not the chaff.
May we not be driven about by the winds of our circumstances and emotions, but may we be rooted and watered by the streams of Your abundant goodness and steadfast love. Would you prosper O Lord all that we do today? May our lives be fruitful for you…godly character and lips that are quick to express thanksgiving and praise to you. May others be brought into the kingdom of Your dear Son through our influence.
Give us the assurance that we will stand on the last day in your presence only because another was judged on account of our sin – Jesus Christ the truly blessed and righteous One. For Him we give you thanks and praise, AMEN.
Psalm 2 –
Gracious Father, thank you for the future hope that all the nations that rage against You will become the inheritance of the Messiah. You have given to Your Son our Savior the ends of the earth as His possession.
He declares triumphantly that all authority in heaven and on earth is rightfully His. Based upon that authority, we pray that you would supernaturally cause a massive ingathering of souls who would come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Have mercy upon them, open blind eyes like you did long ago, pour the wine of your love and Word on calloused, stony hearts. Raise up a group of young people throughout the world who devotedly kiss Your Son as Savior and Lord. May they serve You with fear and rejoice with trembling as they contemplate your loving reign in their hearts as King, but also as a just judge who will come again with a rod of iron to break all those who resist Your reign. AMEN.