* A quick note on journaling: if you're new to this practice, our journey through the book of Psalms will be a great way to get started. The most important step to forming this discipline in your life is to write anything and write often. Journaling is an incredible way to slow down, digest the content of a text, let your brain internalize thoughts that may come up, and keep a record for future reflection on what God was speaking to you during your reading. Journaling can take many forms such as written prayers, bullet points, stream of consciousness, or even poetry. Try some different methods and find the one that works best for you.
The following questions and prompts are some suggestions of ideas to reflect on in this week's text.
Journal some personal and practical ways in which you can avoid walking in the council of the
ungodly, standing in the path of sinners and sitting in the seat of the scornful.
How do these three directives make you feel?
Journal regarding the word “delight” and how you see that word relating to your spiritual
disciplines. Specifically, the Word of the Lord.
If delight is truly an attitude, then which comes first attitude or action?
The Psalmist causes us to believe that we are all delighting in and meditating on something so
journal what that looks like in your life.
Take a moment and put into words what it means to have “deep roots” like a tree planted by
What does the Psalmist mean bearing fruit in season and its leaf does not wither?
What happens to the wicked is twofold. They will not stand in the judgement or in the
congregation of the righteous. This covers both the present and future of our existence.
How do we have hope in the present and future of our lives?
The Lord knows us, and He keeps knowing us. Our security in this life and for eternity is secure
in His faithfulness and not ours.
Journal on the inexhaustible topic of grace.
Thank you, God, for both the warning and the promise. The dismal prospects that surround the way of the wicked are nothing to shout about; the happy results of running in the way of your commandments are. Set my feet firmly in such a path, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.