Week 35: Psalm 1



Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1

Church, it’s been a very sad week for Jacksonville, with multiple lives lost impacting multiple high schools in addition to a mass shooting downtown. And one of the things that lands on me is that these tragedies in our city, mostly involve young people.

When tragedies like these strike, leaders like me call for us to pray. In fact, last week we looked at the bold prayers of Peter and John. This week I would like to give you a bold prayer for you to begin to pray over the young people in your lives and in our city.

I have prayed this prayer over my children when I tuck them into bed most of the nights of their life. The prayer is Psalm 1. I would encourage you to begin praying this prayer for your kids and grandkids, for your nieces and nephews, for the children of Eleven22 and all the children in Jacksonville and beyond.

And when I pray this prayer over my children this is what I am praying. First of all, I am praying that my children would not surround themselves with the wrong influences. I am asking God that my kids would not just go with the flow of this culture, but instead be influenced by a love for the Word of God.

I pray that they would not just know things about the Bible because they grow up in a Bible teaching church, but that they would meditate on and love God’s Word as a driving influence and foundation in their lives. I simply do not know a person with a deep and abiding relationship with the Lord that does not have a love for the Word of God.

I also pray that my children’s entire life is rooted in a relationship with Jesus Christ and that they would prosper wherever God plants them for His glory. I pray that they would know and understand God’s view of prosperity and not this world’s. I pray that my children would yield gospel fruit as God grows them up in their faith. In our house, we are more interested in raising little missionaries not simply good little citizens. 

And lastly, in praying boldly Psalm 1 over my children, I am praying for their righteousness. Not that they would merely do right things, but they would rightly find their identity in a right relationship with God through the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Now, this is not only a prayer of a father for his children and the prayers of our church for a generation, but it is also a bold prayer of a pastor for the people he serves. I pray this for you and I challenge you to also pray this prayer for you.

Pray to be surrounded by the right kinds of influential people in your life. Pray for a hunger for God’s Word in your life. Pray for success as God defines success. And pray, because IN CHRIST you stand righteous before God. May God answer your bold prayers as He deepens your relationship with Him.