After Psalm 1

How blessed they are who will not walk
with those whose hearts are proud,
or stand around with cheats, or sit
among the scoffing crowd.
Your law, O Lord, is their delight,
their food for thought both day and night.

They thrive, like trees beside a stream
where not a leaf can fade;
and, planted deep in fertile soil,
they offer welcome shade.
Your water irrigates the root
of faith, in time producing fruit.

We need your word and Spirit, Lord,
alive in us today,
so when the winds of judgment blow
weâll not be swept away.
Come, be our guide as we pursue
the path that leads to peace with you.


Emma Turl
© Emma Turl, admin. The Jubilate Group
Meter: 8 6 8 6 8 8
Suggested tunes: LISA (Norman Warren); PALMYRA (Joseph Summers)