Before each of our sons was born, we chose for them a psalm. This scripture is our prayer, our prophecy, the banner of the Word over their lives, who and what kind of man we pray they become. This Word is to comfort them, challenge them, be a reminder to them of who God is and what He has done, and who they are in Him and how they are to live.
For Grafton, we chose Psalm 112. After reading through the psalms, we loved how psalm 112 acts as a commentary and an amplified version of Psalm 1, which is Leland’s psalm.
Both psalms begin with “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord” but Grafton’s is preceded by Praise the Lord! … and then the psalmist goes on to describe the life of the man who fears the Lord. He delights in the Lord. His offspring is blessed, is mighty, endures. His character is upright. He works and gives generously – I especially love this challenge to Grafton. This psalmist’s language particularly points to Christ – after all, who else’s righteousness endures forever? I love that too for Grafton because the reality is only Christ can be this Blessed Man, and only in Christ can Grafton be a blessed man. Only in Christ can his life be a song of praise to the Lord.
Grafton has always been a brother, and he compliments and illumines his brothers. He is a lover, a good worker, and a generous friend. These attributes are both intrinsic to his God-imaging nature and will be sanctified as he puts his trust in Christ and lives in the fear of the Lord.
We thank You and we pray this, Lord.
So as we celebrate Grafton this year, we reflect on all of the goodness of the Lord in our lives, all of the ways that He has revealed His glory to us in the life of Grafton, we remember all of His good works, and we request that the Lord SAVE Grafton for Himself, at an early age, for his whole life, that Grafton may live as a blessed man who delights in the Lord, who lives out of the life of Christ, to the praise of His great glory.
Happy birthday, G.
Psalm 112 . The Righteous Will Never Be Moved
112 Praise the LORD!
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
2 His offspring will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
7 He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
8 His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
9 He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn is exalted in honor.
10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
the desire of the wicked will perish!
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