Psalm 1:1-3

Psalm 1:1-3

Dear HLPC family,

This morning I was reading and praying through Psalm 1 in my daily time of Bible reading and prayer.  There I read:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3, ESV)

Like you, I’ve read these words many times. Psalm 1 is a call to find life and joy in the Lord—to be that tree planted by a river that’s always flowing.  This is a tree that is always sustained, always strengthened by the Lord.

I don’t know about you, but I need that as much as ever.  Life brings great burdens and with those burdens come great weariness.  How we need the life giving, soul satisfying presence of the risen Lord Jesus in our lives every day.  That river of life beside which we want to be planted is Jesus.  By faith we are told we are united to Him and all that He has done for us.

We’re in the throes of winter, literally, but maybe you feel that figuratively as well.  Let’s join in praying that God would work the truth of Psalm 1 into our hearts and lives today.

Your Pastor,


Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).