THE SECRET OF TRUE HAPPINESS

      PSALM 1

 

  Introduction:

 

  1. The thing that most people want out of life is simply to be happy.

 

  2. Some think that to be a Christian is to

  give up happiness.

 

  3. This is the devil's lie to discourage as

  many as he can from ever becoming a

  Christian.

 

  4. Psalm 1 is an introduction to the book

  of Psalms and shows us the secret of true

  happiness.

 

  5. God's blessing is upon this man

    

Pro 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it

               maketh rich, and he addeth no

               sorrow with it. (KJV)

 

    Matt 5:1‑12

The happy man is not always laughing, but he is satisfied.

  6. God wants us to be happy.

     In this Psalm God gives us a picture of

     the happy man and tells us why he is

     happy.

 

     What is the happy man like?

 

      He is like:

 

      1. a tree ‑ vitality this denotes life

       the happy man has a new life

 

       John 3:3

               Jesus answered and said unto

               him, Verily, verily, I say

               unto thee, Except a man be

               born again, he cannot see the

               kingdom of God. (KJV)

 

      2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in

                 Christ, he is a new

                 creature: old things are

                 passed away; behold, all

                 things are become new.

     Eph 2:1

              And you hath he quickened, who

              were dead in trespasses and

              sins;

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us

                  exceeding great and

                  precious promises: that by

                  these ye might be partakers

                  of the divine nature,

                  having escaped the

                  corruption that is in the

                  world through lust.

 

      2. a tree planted ‑ secure this suggest

      a carefully chosen tree, cared for and

      cultivated. The life of the happy man

      is secure in Christ.

 

  Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is

          hid with Christ in God. (KJV)

 

  John 10:28

             And I give unto them eternal

             life; and they shall never

             perish, neither shall any man

             pluck them out of my hand.

            

      3. planted by the rivers of water‑

      Capacity that God has to meet the vital

      needs of the believer.

     

 

In Christ the blessed man has all that

      he needs for time and eternity.

 

  Rom 8:16‑17

 

  Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of

          our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath

          blessed us with all spiritual

          blessings in heavenly places in

          Christ: (KJV)

 

  Phil 4:19 But my God shall supply all your

            need according to his riches in

            glory by Christ Jesus. (KJV)

 

 

  Col 2:9‑10  9 For in him dwelleth all the

             fulness of the Godhead bodily.

             10 And ye are complete in him,

             which is the head of all

             principality and power:

 

      4. that bringeth forth his fruit ‑

      fertility of the blessed man

 

The blessed man is fruitful he brings forth the fruit of the Spirit

 

  Gal 5:22‑23

              22 But the fruit of the Spirit

              is love, joy, peace,

              longsuffering, gentleness,

              goodness, faith,

              23 Meekness, temperance:

              against such there is no law.

             

 John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the

           branches: He that abideth in me,

           and I in him, the same bringeth

           forth much fruit: for without me

           ye can do nothing. (KJV)

 

      5. Fruit in his season ‑ Propriety

         This man brings forth the right

         fruit at the right time

         patience in suffering, faith in

         trials, joy in prosperity

 

 

      6. his leaf shall not weather ‑

      Perpetuity ‑ The new life received by

      the happy man is eternal life

 

 

  John 3:15

            That whosoever believeth in him

            should not perish, but have

            eternal life. (KJV)

 

  His fruit abides

 

  John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I

             have chosen you, and ordained

             you, that ye should go and bring

             forth fruit, and that your fruit

             should remain: that whatsoever

             ye shall ask of the Father in my

             name, he may give it you. (KJV)

 

  2 Cor 5:1 For we know that if our earthly

            house of this tabernacle were

            dissolved, we have a building of

            God, an house not made with

            hands, eternal in the heavens.

          

  1 John 2:17

And the world passeth away, and

              the lust thereof: but he that

              doeth the will of God abideth

              for ever. (KJV)

 

      7. Whatever he doeth shall prosper ‑

         Prosperity

 

         This is the sum of all the other six

 

  Rom 8:28

           And we know that all things work

           together for good to them that

           love God, to them who are the

           called according to his purpose.

          

  What is the secret to the blessed man's

  happiness?

 

  How can this happiness be ours?

 

  I. BY REPENTANCE vs 1 "not" "nor" "nor"

 

     Rom 3:23 all have sinned, but the happy

     man has repented repentance is a

     change of mind that leads to a change

     of action

 

 

  Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way,

           and the unrighteous man his

           thoughts: and let him return unto

           the LORD, and he will have mercy

           upon him; and to our God, for he

           will abundantly pardon. (KJV)

 

  II. BY EXERCISING FAITH vs 2

 

      Turning from sin to God takes faith.

      This man is happy because he has

      turned from sin to God, to Christ, To the

     will of God, to word and the way of the

     Lord He is now a man of faith.

 

Rom 10:17

Heb.11:1

 

  III. BY OBEDIENCE vs 2

 

His delight is in the law of the Lord

 

      1 Sam 15:22

                   And Samuel said, Hath the

                   LORD as great delight in

                   burnt offerings and

                   sacrifices, as in obeying

                   the voice of the LORD?

                   Behold, to obey is better

                   than sacrifice, and to

                   hearken than the fat of

                   rams. (KJV)

 

  Psa 18:44

            As soon as they hear of me, they

            shall obey me: the strangers

            shall submit themselves unto me.

           

  Lev 26:3‑4 

3 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. (KJV)

 

  Eph 6:6‑8  6 Not with eyeservice, as

            menpleasers; but as the servants

            of Christ, doing the will of God

            from the heart;

             7 With good will doing service,

            as to the Lord, and not to men:

             8 Knowing that whatsoever good

            thing any man doeth, the same

            shall he receive of the Lord,

            whether he be bond or free.

           

  IV.BY COMMUNION WITH GOD vs 2

 

      This man is made and kept happy

because he meditates day and night on God's Word.

 

This speaks of true fellowship with God.

 

  John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto

             him, If a man love me, he will

             keep my words: and my Father

             will love him, and we will come

             unto him, and make our abode

             with him. (KJV)

 

  Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and

           knock: if any man hear my voice,

           and open the door, I will come in

           to him, and will sup with him, and

           he with me. (KJV)

 

  True happiness comes from Repentance,

  Faith, Obedience and Communicating with God.

 

The Psalm also includes warning to the sinner or the unblessed man.

  He is called ungodly, scornful, sinner.

 

  1. His prospect is much different from that

  of the believer.   vs 4

 

  2. He is like the chaff ‑ no life, no

  vitality, no fruitfulness, no security, no

  stability, no value    vs 4

 

  3. The unbeliever will be condemned in judgment        vs 5

 

  4. The unbeliever will be separated from the believer   vs 5

 

  5. The unbeliever will perish vs 6

      John 3:16

 

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