Psalm 1 – Prospering

PSALM 1:1-6

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.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • Consider the ways in which you prosper.
  • What fruit is growing?
  • What nutrients are infused from the soil?
  • How does the water quench you?
  • Remember over the past week.
  • What times are more fruitful for you than others?
  • Do you notice a trend?
  • What do you wish to change to allow more moments of prospering?
  • How can Christ help you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, May 20, 2012, the Seventh Sunday of Easter Year B

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Psalm 1:1-6
1 John 5:8-13
John 17:6-19

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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