THE WAY TO HAPPINESS
ďBlessed 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 mockers.† 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, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.Ē
The psalmist begins with some doníts.† If you want to be happy, donít listen to the wisdom of the wicked; donít be seen with people who are doing things you know are wrong; and donít hang out with people who dishonor God.† It is pretty clear that if you do, you are going to end up foolish, in trouble, and displeasing to God.† Ok, enough said about that.† The truth is that most of us donít really have that much trouble with these things.† Actually, we donít feel all that comfortable around wicked sinful people who mock God.†
The negative part isnít what hangs us up.† Itís the positive part that follows it . . .† It says that the blessed man delights in the law of the Lord.† In fact, it says that he thinks about it day and night.† Well, I think that Godís law is real good.† I understand that it is the way to happiness and fulfillment in life.† I like it and am very glad that God gave it to us, but delight!?† Do I think of Godís law as delightful?† Letís see, I could eat ice cream with chocolate on it or I could just sit and think about Godís law . . . hmmm, which will it be?† Tough choice, but I will probably, more often than not, go with the ice cream.† And think about Godís law day and night, come on!!
Well, hereís the deal . . . the psalmist, in his best poetic fashion, is drawing a comparison for us between those who donít water their life with Godís Word and those who do.† When Godís Word is nourishing your character at its roots, the result will be life and fruitfulness and spiritual prosperity.† When that godly nourishment is missing the consequences are not nearly as attractive.† Sooo . . . if you want to be happy and blessed and fulfilled in life, stay close to the living water!† Oh, and the fishing is better there too!† (Matt. 4:19).
--- Pastor Keith Andrews