We know what a prayer looks like and we are adept at recognizing praise. What is Psalm 1?
1. How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. 4. The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. 5. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.
God’s name and eternal majesty does not appear in Psalm 1
Psalm 21 shows mountains of prayers and rich valleys of affirmation of God himself
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. 1. O Lord, in Your strength the king will be glad, And in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice! 2. You have given him his heart’s desire, And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah. 3. For You meet him with the blessings of good things; You set a crown of fine gold on his head. 4. He asked life of You, You gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever. 5. His glory is great through Your salvation, Splendor and majesty You place upon him. 6. For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence. 7. For the king trusts in the Lord, And through the lovingkindness of the Most High he will not be shaken. 8. Your hand will find out all your enemies; Your right hand will find out those who hate you. 9. You will make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger; The Lord will swallow them up in His wrath, And fire will devour them. 10. Their offspring You will destroy from the earth, And their descendants from among the sons of men. 11. Though they intended evil against You And devised a plot, They will not succeed. 12. For You will make them turn their back; You will aim with Your bowstrings at their faces. 13. Be exalted, O Lord, in Your strength; We will sing and praise Your power.