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The Happy Person


"Blessed (happy) is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of the mockers. But his delight is the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night" (Psa. 1:1 & 2).

Yesterday I wrote about Solomon's attempts at finding happiness. He looked to wisdom, wealth, knowledge and power, but was completely frustrated. "All is vanity and vexation of spirit," he exclaimed. I truly love the first Psalm. Maybe Solomon ought to have read it before he made his futile search. The first Psalm explains happiness to us. It tells us what to avoid and what to hold close.

When we deviate from God's way to find happiness, we go to a place where it cannot be found. In today's verse we find a progression of sin that will keep us in a sinful and unhappy state. If we walk with "wicked" that's bad in itself. When we "stand around with the sinners" it's even worse. Finally, when we "sit down with the mockers" we become just like them. There will be no real happiness found here! The Psalmist now gets wonderfully positive as he points the way to being happy. "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night" (V 2). Not only does he read the Word, but he "meditates" on it. When we meditate on things they become a part of us and we start to feed on them. When we feed on the Word of God it becomes a part of us and nourishes us in the right way.

Instead of eating "junk food," we are fed by God's laws. The results are dramatic. We become "like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it's fruit in season and who's leaf does not wither" (V 3). Not just some wild tree, but a tree planted with a purpose. A tree that is getting all the nourishment it needs to grow and flourish. Our leaves will be healthy and carry on the photosynthesis necessary to be fruit bearing. If we really get enmeshed in God's Word we will bear the fruits of "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Against these there in no law!

Finally, the writer closes the Psalm in this way. "For the Lord watches over the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish" (V 6). How comforting to know that as we strive to get closer to our Lord, that He watches over us. That He ultimately will have a "place prepared for us." Solomon was just looking in all the wrong places....We know where to find happiness......

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him....Its a good day for a RAK.... love mark Phil. 4:11

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