Throughout this year, each day of the month, I'm "Treasure Hunting" in a Psalm. I've created a "Ponder Every Morsel of Truth" Book to record the truths as I learn them. The Eighteen of each Month, I'm studying Psalm 1. Here's what Treasure I found today.
Can a person really find true happiness? The answer is “yes”, if that person is looking in the right place.
Look at Psalm 1:1.
Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. (AMP)
The word for “blessed” embraces all that is supposed to constitute real happiness. It’s the fullness of happiness. And this word is plural, so it means “blessednesses” —multitude of happiness is available!
How do we get this “multitude of happiness”? Psalm 1:1 gives a list of where happiness CAN NOT be found!
“Walks not”. That is the “happy person” does not make it a habit to follow the conduct, or lifestyle of the ungodly -- those people without God.
“in the counsel of the ungodly.” Don’t take advise from those who don’t know God. Period.
“Nor stands”. Has the same attitude; or in this case.. does not have the same attitude.
“of sinners”. Remember we are all born sinners. But those that trust God, should not be continuing in their sinful ways. The mind set should not be to continue in sin.
“nor sits down”. Take up dwelling.
“where the scornful gather.” “Scornful” means those who mock, deride, scoff; those who treat virtue and religion with contempt.
Notice the progression here. First, follow or take on their lifestyle, want to “look like” the ungodly. Next, comes the attitude. The mind set of the ungodly. Then you move in... and take up resident with the ungodly. It happens slowly. Next you are surrounded by those that mock God and his absolute standards.
The Psalmist is warning... don’t DO IT! Those that do not know God do not have “multitude of happiness”. Those that don’t love God and follow God may “seem” happy, but they are searching for happiness in things and people and are always disappointed. The only true happiness and abundant happiness is found in the true source of joy—God Himself.
A multitude of happiness creates a positive day, and I need to make sure I’m searching for it in the only place it can be found—God and God alone.