Grant, Almighty God,
that since you have kindly invited me to come to you,
and have revealed your Word for my salvation –
O grant that I may willingly, and from the heart, obey you,
and become so teachable
that what you have designed for my salvation
may not turn to my destruction.
May that imperishable seed,
by which you have planted in me the hope of heavenly life,
so drive its roots onto my heart and bring forth fruit,
that your name may be glorified.
And may I be so planted in the courts of your house
that I may grow and flourish,
and that fruit may appear through the whole course of my life,
until at last I enjoy that blessed life that is laid up for me in heaven,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
John Calvin, 1509-1564, Swiss Reformer
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.
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.