Psalm 1 Prayer

I have taken to praying the Psalms in corporate worship, and what I am doing is making the wording corporate, interpreting the Psalm christologically, and seeking to make the Psalm ours. This is my effort at praying Psalm 1:

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you have revealed to us that we are blessed if we do not walk in the council of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of the scoffer. Make us instead to delight in your law, that we might meditate on it day and night. Make us to be like trees planted by streams of water, yielding their fruit in their season, never withering, gaining an internal, invisible nourishment so that, in anything that we do for you and for your kingdom, we will prosper. Make us not like the wicked, who have so little weight that the wind can drive them away. Though we feel alone in this, though we see and feel the pressures against righteousness by the world outside, we know, Father, that the whole congregation of the righteous will stand with us. Above all, you stand with us, for you know our path, the end from the beginning. You know that path of wisdom, and you delight to show it to us. You also illuminate for us the path of the wicked, and you show us its end. We praise you that Jesus walked not in the counsel of the wicked, nor did he stand in the way of sinners, nor ever sit in the seat of scoffers. We praise you that He delighted to do your will, that He delighted in your law, that He always meditated on it, that He therefore has become for us the life-giving vine who nourishes our faith always.



  1. May 29, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Reblogged this on The Christian's Report and commented:
    This is the first time that I’ve reblogged someone else’s post. Please let me know if this is not allowed. thank you, Larry

  2. greenbaggins said,

    May 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Larry, welcome to the GB. reblogging is definitely allowed. :-)

  3. rfwhite said,

    May 30, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Reminiscent of O. P. Robertson’s book, Psalms in Congregational Celebration, from Evangelical Press (1995). Have you been able to articulate principles that guide you as you do this?

  4. Steve Drake said,

    May 30, 2017 at 10:02 am

    A wonderful psalm to commit to memory. Oh that we might be men and women who truly ‘delight’ in the law of the Lord. When you reach day and night for your Bible in anticipation of opening this glorious book, does your mind and body respond in that physicochemical reaction of true delight? Endorphins flooding your brain and central nervous system in anticipation and euphoria, perhaps? May it always be, Lord!

  5. greenbaggins said,

    May 30, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Dr. White, the principles are fairly straightforward: corporatize any singular pronouns (change “I” to “we”); interpret the Psalms christologically, which means not only that Christ is the subject matter of the Psalms, but He is also the singer of the Psalms; use exegetical skills to point out the glory of the triune God; and generally pray ACTS through the Psalms, so recognizing form and genre in the process.

  6. roberty bob said,

    May 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    The congregation of the righteous, from David through Jesus down to us in our time, have always made the psalms their own. Those who by faith are righteous shall live in the manner described here in Psalm 1. Without question, our Lord Jesus showed himself to be the preeminent man of faith by walking the righteous path. So, this Psalm reveals Christ.; and we follow this same Christ as Captain of our Salvation. Our Risen Lord enables us to do so because He, the new Adam in charge of God’s new creation, is the Life-Giving Spirit!

  7. June 24, 2017 at 7:45 am

    […] Lane Keister (aka Green Baggins) has posted this prayer, based on Psalm 1. Let those rooted in the life-giving Saviour Jesus […]

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