Daily Worship

Like a tree next to running water

James Cathcart August 08, 2022 0 0
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Psalm 1 (NRSVA)

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 judgement,
    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.

Lord make me like a tree next to running water

generous with the shelter and sustenance I offer.


Lord give me living roots to draw life from the earth

and wide arms to branch outward where you lead.


Lord give me the fruit I need each season

and the withdrawing slumber I need too.


Lord help me understand that no tree stands alone

help me hear the forest.