Psalms of Wisdom
The first Psalm serves as the gateway to the entire collection of poems and prayers. It sets the stage for understanding the worldview of the authors of the Psalms. Echoing the theme of the Old Testament wisdom books, Psalm 1 helps us to clearly see that there are two ways to walk through life. Which will you choose?
“How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers. Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.” – Psalm 1:1-2
Prayer: Lord, help me to look to You and You alone for wisdom. Draw me to Your Word, and remind me of it in each and every circumstance of my life.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in him! You who are his holy ones, fear the Lord, for those who fear him lack nothing.” – Psalm 34:8-9
Prayer: Lord, open my mouth in praise and open my eyes in wonder. May I experience Your goodness as I worship You. Let me run to You—first and only. Let me find all I could ever need—Your kind, generous, and perfect love.
“God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10
Prayer: God, You created me. You know everything about me. May my words become Your words, my thoughts become Your thoughts, and my ways become Your ways. Through the empowering presence of Your Spirit in my life, conform me to the image of Christ.
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
Prayer: Through Your Holy Spirit, sanctify me so that Your words might be my words and Your thoughts might be my thoughts. May I do this in faith, without which it is impossible to please You.
“Teach me your way, Lord, and I will live by your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name. I will praise you with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor your name forever.” – Psalm 86:11-12
Prayer: Lord, teach me Your ways so that I may walk in them with wholehearted devotion. I praise You for Your faithfulness to me. May I fear you and honor you.
“God–his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is a rock? Only our God.” – Psalm 18:30-31
Prayer: Father, lead me into a lifestyle that is defined by seeking Your will, Your Word, and Your way…always. They are a firm foundation—a sure and steadfast anchor for my soul.
Take Time to Reflect: Meditate on this past week’s Psalms. Focus on the ultimate wisdom and authority of God, who grants us wisdom and understanding as we seek Him.