Joy in the Lord

Oh, Lord God, grant us joys
The joy of not following
Any advice of the wicked,

O Lord,
Give us the peace
Of not standing
around with sinners,

And please God
Fill us with Your joy
Keep us from
joining in with scoffers.

Let us delight
in doing everything You want;
help us
To think constantly
about your Word day & night.

Help us
become like a tree
planted along the river
Of Your pure Word,
bearing fruit
each season without fail.

Let our leaf—
Our spiritual vitality—
never wither,
and in all we do,
let us know
the prosperity
that comes from You .

Deliver us, Lord,
from the fate of the wicked.

They are like worthless chaff,
scattered by the wind.

They will be condemned
at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.

For we know that you, O LORD,
watch over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked
leads to destruction.

Let us walk the path of the godly, Lord

PSALMS 1 paraphrased

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