The intricate acrostic poem of praise we know as Psalm 119 is, in many ways, an expansion of Psalm 1. Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!… Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes!… This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts… Please guarantee a blessing for me. Don’t let the arrogant oppress me!
Back in 1992 when our second daughter Sophie was just a toddler, she wanted to add her own notes to my copy of Psalm 119. To this day I smile every time I see her scribbles in my Bible, not just in one but two colors of ink. Sophie has grown into a beautiful young lady and she has an interest in learning languages. During a semester abroad her junior year at Rice University, she had the adventure of going to Kenya where she learned Swahili.
I’m thrilled that each of our children embraces a love for learning. I pray they would continue to grow like the Psalm 1 tree, drinking in the goodness of God’s Word. May this generation be challenged and strengthened by God’s teachings, walk in His ways, and seek Him with their whole hearts. May they be blessed to bless. Amen.