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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today
The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly
    1      Blessed is the man            Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,        Nor stands in the path of sinners,        Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;      2      But chis delight is in the law of the LORD,        And in His law he meditates day and night.      3      He shall be like a tree        Planted by the rivers of water,        That brings forth its fruit in its season,        Whose leaf also shall not wither;            And whatever he does shall prosper. 
    4      The ungodly are not so,            But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.      5      Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,            Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 
    6      For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,            But the way of the ungodly shall perish. [Amen.]

The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982). Ps 1.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 18: A Higher Calling
1 Timothy 4:6–16

It’s easy to get self-absorbed when we’re criticized—or when we think others are criticizing us. Because of our real or imagined defects, we start to believe other people don’t take us seriously. It’s easy to get off course in an attempt to defend ourselves.
As a young leader, Timothy may have dealt with criticism in the Ephesian community because of his age. Paul gives him advice: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim 4:12).
Paul doesn’t offer defensive solutions. Rather, he calls Timothy to be a living example of his teaching. He reinforces Timothy’s calling by encouraging him to stay focused on his call, speech, and conduct. By being the contrast to the rumors about him, Timothy thwarts criticism.
But Paul isn’t simply giving leadership advice. By reaffirming Timothy’s purpose and calling, he is helping Timothy focus on God’s work instead of his ow…