From: Rich Carlson
Date: March 1, 2021
Subject: It's March 1; Good Morning Union

“Blessed is the person who…”            Psalm 1


I haven’t been back in the psalms for a while so I thought I would return to my structure for reading the psalms through in a month. Today is the first, so read Psalm 1, and then every 30th psalm after that. So today I read Psalms 1, 31, 61, 91, and 121. That’s 5 psalms a day and I’ll be full of the poetry and praise of David and others. Why not join me this month!?


I will be blessed, according to David, in the first psalm, if I do (or in this case “don’t do) three things:

  1. “Don’t walk in the counsel of the wicked
  2. Don’t stand in the way of sinners
  3. And don’t sit in the seat of mockers”


And two things to do:

  1. “Delight in the law of the Lord
  2. Meditate on His word day and night.”


And I will be blessed in three ways:

  1. I’ll be like a firm and stable tree planted by the streams of water
  2. Whatever I do for Him will prosper
  3. The Lord will watch over all my ways.”


Psalm 31 is a song of assurance that if I take refuge in and trust Him, I will be able to rejoice because He will preserve me.


Psalm 61 is a short song that cries out to God because He has always been faithful in the past and there is no reason to doubt that he would be faithful now.


Psalm 91 is one that I have memorized and love to “sing” back to God because He is my refuge, my fortress, my rescuer, my protector, my satisfier and my salvation! It’s a great psalm!


Psalm 121- another short song I have fixed in my memory because it reminds me that my help comes from the Lord, who watches over me and does not sleep.


How much more clarity for a stable, solid Christian journey could I ask for in one day!?


Have a great day finding your anchor and focus in Him,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      “The only difference between an adventure and an ordeal is how you look at it.”


PS        Camp Connect. Because most camp directors could not travel due to COVID, all of the North American Division camps will be represented on a live online site. Check it out today through Wednesday @

PPS      Marcus Larivaux, pastor from Allon Chapel is coming back to Campus Ministries to offer additional pastoral support. He’ll be in our office space from 1-3 every Monday afternoon for the rest of the semester. You can make an appointment by contacting Pastor Larivaux at or just stop by. We are very grateful that we can offer a variety of pastoral counseling for you.