Be Happy – Psalms 1

t’s hard to believe but the first thing on God’s playlist, what you and I call the Psalms, is a song on how to be happy.  Psalms 1:1 states “Blessed is the man that…”  The actual word for ‘blessed’ is better translated to ‘happy.’  So if we read the scripture it would state “Happy is the man that.

Many times we forget the fact that God is our Father, and just like any good earthly father our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy.  And it says so right there in the first chapter of Psalms.  But how can we be happy?

The key is to stay away from three types of people: the Wicked, the Sinners and the Scoffers.  
Psalms 1:1-6 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the WICKED, nor stands in the way of SINNERS, nor sits in the set of SCOFFERS; 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 that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

The first person we are warned to stay away from is the WICKED.  We can look at them as the ungodly.  You’ll notice we are told to not walk with them.  These individuals are people who are still walking around trying to find the truth but, even though they’ve heard the truth they keep searching for something better.  The New Testament speaks of them as having a form of godliness but lacking power. (2 Timothy 3:5-7)
Then we are told not to stand in the way of SINNERS.  The person who is walking is a wanderer where the person who is standing is someone who is blocking the way.  My dad used to tell me I made a great door but a horrible window when I would stand in front of the television.  I was more of an obstruction than a help.  So are these Sinners referenced here.  The sinner is a person who misses the mark and, if we stand with them, we will soon go from doing what we are called to do to just becoming an obstruction.
Finally we are cautioned not to sit with Scoffers.  I love the Muppet show and there were always those two old guys, I have no idea what their names were, that would sit in the balcony and make fun of everything going on.  They are the kind of people we are told not to sit with.  
The great news is that if we do not hang around these people then we will be “…like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all that he does, he prospers.”  I don’t know about you but I sure like the thought of that.  You’ll notice that there are 3 main promises here: you’ll yield fruit, your leaf won’t wither and you’ll prosper.  
First though we need to recognize that the idea of being planted by streams of water goes back to a place where irrigation was the only way things would grow.  Many times they would dig irrigation ditches and plant trees along the route to help the soil not erode because of the water.  The key is that the tree was planted intentionally.  You and I must do the same thing with our lives.  We must dig an irrigation ditch off the living water so we can get planted and always be connected to God.  If we do that, and not let the first 3 people disconnect us from the source, then we will “…yield its fruit in season.”  I love this part of the verse because it doesn’t speak of just ordinary fruit, a couple of apples, it’s speaking of a plentiful harvest.  The idea that our tree bears as much fruit as possible.  God wants you and I to bear a harvest of more than one, two or three but rather more than we can count.
Not only does this tree yield fruit but it’s “…leaf does not wither.”  There’s is a lot we can say here. It’s speaks to the constant connection to the source and the health of the tree but what we focused on is that fact that a tree with leaves that are not withered is a beautiful tree.  It’s a tree that provides shade. That converts toxins to oxygen.  You and I are meant to make this world a better place.  To take the toxin of sin out of here and convert death to life.  
Finally we are promised that “,he prospers.”  Don’t misunderstand this verse to be speaking about finances; although that’s included, but the main point here is that spiritually we will prosper. Have more than enough of what we need.  Be well feed and produce an abundance.  
God wants you and I to be happy in this crazy messed up world we live in. We run into trials and struggles and garbage all over but God the Father wants us to be able to smile and say “It is well!”   

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