K1 House of Prayer, and the Challenge of Psalm 1

K1 House of Prayer has begun! K1, or Kingdom First House of Prayer, is the official name for the Seoul House of Prayer plant that we’ve been working toward for months. It is starting with a limited schedule, but we will see it grow.

We officially started with a two hour session on Thursday night in Itaewon. It was glorious! We kicked it off with a meditation on Psalm 1:

“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.” v. 1&2

I have to ask myself, “Where do I truly delight?” I want to delight in the law of the Lord! But so often in my life there are too many obstacles; too many distractions. People demand my time and attention; work, social obligations, even entertainment all get in the way of being able to sit down and take some time to really delight myself in Jesus and His word. But it’s not just a scheduling problem — sometimes I really want to do those other things rather than spend time with God and His word.

Don’t get me wrong, I take quiet time every day; I pray and ask God for wisdom or direction in a thousand different moments every day; He speaks to me and I listen — I feel like I have a close relationship with the Lord! But do I DELIGHT in His WORD? Do I really take time to cultivate a delight in the word of God? I have to admit that I don’t take the time as much as I’d like to.

Is that the end of the story? No! I want more of God! I want all that He has for me, all of His promises and all of His blessing. I want to be like that tree, planted by the deep waters. I want to be more fruitful — and I want everything that I do to prosper. Even more, I want more of Him. I need more of His presence. I want to know Him more and more, deeper and deeper, in every way. I know that you feel the same way too. So let’s ask Him for more! Pray with me:

Holy Spirit, search our hearts for anything we delight in before Jesus and His word. Show us how to walk away from those things, and place an insatiable desire for God and His word in their place. This is the heart of Psalm 1, and the whole of Scripture.

Jesus, you’re the only man who has ever fulfilled the righteous requirements of Psalm 1. Be that righteousness in me. Jesus, be the delight of my heart. I will delight in You! Turn our hearts so that we will truly delight in you.

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.” v. 3

Christ in us, the hope of Glory, be the truth of the word in us. We take our delight in You, oh Lord!  Lead us to your river and plant us there so that we will truly delight in you.

Apart from you, Jesus, there is no life at all. There is no fruit; there is no delight.

Heavenly Father… Open the eyes of our hearts that we might truly see your glory revealed in Jesus — by the Holy Spirit, and in Your Word. Reveal anything that hinders my delight in You, and give me a deep delight in Your word. I pray that Jesus would become our deepest source of satisfaction, rest, comfort, pleasure and identity. Lead us to your river and plant us there so that we will truly delight in you. You are our prosperity — anything that prospers in my life ultimately comes from You. Amen!

Blessings from the K1 House of Prayer in Seoul!

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About jscotthusted

J. Scott Husted is a writer, educator, minister and teaching missionary currently living and working in Seoul, South Korea. He carries a passion for cultivating authentic community, the establishment of the house of prayer, the plight of children at risk around the world, and raising up a new generation of leaders with a passion for the Kingdom of God.
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