Psalm 1 (The Modlin Paraphrase)

If you want to be happy in this life you shouldn’t take the same road as those who are telling you it’s okay to do wrong, or hang around with those who are up to no good, or make yourself at home with those who ridicule God’s ways.

God’s Word will bring you complete joy, especially when you devote yourself to learning it and putting it into practice.

You will be like a mighty tree, planted next to the river. It always produces fresh fruit and there isn’t a dead leaf on it.

Those who reject God’s Word are the exact opposite. They get blown away with every gust of wind. They won’t have a leg to stand on during judgment and there will be no place for them among God’s people.

God will keep His eye on those who obey Him, but those who go in the other direction will only find death


I don’t even remember writing this. This is one of my favorite passages in the entire Bible so it doesn’t surprise me that I did this. I think it came about after leading Junior Week at Sylvan Hills Christian Camp back in July of 2015. That was our theme for the week and we read it out of several different versions. Perhaps I should do more of this from time to time.

Grace and peace.Tree-by-a-Stream