THE SECRET OF TRUE HAPPINESS
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
4. Psalm 1 is an introduction to the book
of Psalms and shows us the secret of true
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)
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
What is the happy man like?
He is like:
1. a tree ‑ vitality this denotes life
the happy man has a new life
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.
And you hath he quickened, who
were dead in trespasses and
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)
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.
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
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
22 But the fruit of the Spirit
is love, joy, peace,
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
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 ‑
This is the sum of all the other six
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
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
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.
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
As soon as they hear of me, they
shall obey me: the strangers
shall submit themselves unto me.
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