Three questions from The Songs of Jesus by Timothy and Kathy Keller that will help fill in a blank journal when reading the Bible.
Adore – What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
Admit – What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
Aspire – What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
So here’s my reflection on Psalm 1.
Psalm 1 (ESV)
1Blessed 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;
2but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
3He 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.
4The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Adore – Thank you God that you desire to bless the righteous and you know his ways. You are also a just God who punishes the way of the wicked.
Admit – I confess that I do not always delight in the law of the Lord and my heart and mind are often captured by other things.
Aspire – Please help me Father God to prosper in all I do-to be one who delights in you and your Word.
The Songs of Jesus includes a prayer with each devotional that helps with responding to God’s Word. Here’s the prayer for Psalm 1.
Prayer – Lord of the Word, don’t let me be seduced by the world- either naively going with the crowd or becoming a hardened cynic. Help me meditate on your Word to the point of delight. Give me stability and contentment regardless or the circumstances. How I need that! Amen.