May 11, 2020 Daily Devotional

Over the coming weeks we will journey together through the Psalms for our devotion time. The Psalms are filled with hope, lament,

questions, challenge, and

pretty much every facet of

the human experience.

Today we begin this

journey with Psalm 1.

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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;

but their delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law they meditate day and night.

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.

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the

congregation of the righteous;

for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the

wicked will perish.

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As soon as I read this Psalm I thought about the photo of the tree during

worship yesterday (thanks to our photographer, Heidi!). The Psalmist likens

the righteous to a tree whose roots are being fed, and even though they will

not continually yield fruit, they will when the time is right.

How are you being fed in these times? How are you staying rooted and

grounded? What are your streams of water?

Let us pray...

God of all, in these Easter days, in these days of new life and of death. We

ask you to keep us grounded, to keep us rooted in your ways of justice,

mercy, and humility. Open our eyes, O God, to the ways we still side with

the wicked, to the ways our lives are entangled with systems of death and

oppression. Lead us on the journey to the living water, through love and

sacrifice, to life and flourishing for all of your children. In the name of all that

is holy, amen.

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