The Holy Spirit quickened my heart with that question a great many years ago. It was in my meditation and reading time and I was reading Palms 1. It was not an audible voice but a voice that was unmistakable. It was in a time, the church I was leading was prospering and growing. Things were good on virtually every front, so the question seemed to be out of place but having learned to carefully listen and evaluate what the Spirit of God asked, I waited for Him.
The first Psalm is an incredible opening to the Book of Psalms. It is a book of worship and praise but the perfect epitome of the entire book. I a few words it gives us a beautiful overview of the message of the Psalms in a neat small package.
It begins like the Sermon on the Mount with the word “Blessed.” The word is a plural word, and hast to be rendered, “O the happiness of the man…” He is not only blessed but blessed with all spiritual blessings. That is powerful and revealing.
The truly Happy Man must be considered in a two-fold manner. He has a Negative Character and a Positive Character. I would like to briefly break them down for your consideration and then you can answer the title question, “Are You Happy?”
His Negative Character reveals that there are some things he will not do. I call it negative but truly it is positive. I call it negative because of those do not or will not’s imposed on each character or quality. He will not do those things not because he cannot do them, but he chooses not to do them. He has something much better to enjoy than those things. He has something much more fulfilling and rewarding to enjoy and pursue.
He Does Not Walk in The Counsel of the Ungodly. He knows the way of the wicked will perish and he avoids their pathway and pattern of life. He knows the wicked walk in the broad way of destruction and avoids it. His manner of life is not directed or determined by the wisdom of this world but the Word of God.
He Does Not Stand in the Way of Sinners. In the word sinners, I mean, those who purposefully transgress God’s laws. If he were to abide in their way or participate in their lifestyles, he would be evidencing that he is more at home in that world than in the counsel of God, and he rejects it. He shuns the very appearance of evil.
He Does Not Sit in the Seat of the Scoffer. If one walks in the counsel of the ungodly it will not be long before they sit in the seat of the scoffer and become negative, doubtful, and question God. This is to walk after one’s own lusts and allow the eyes of the flesh to rule the life rather than the Spirit of God.
His Positive Character is revealed in some wonderful attributes. He is Joyful. He has many blessings, but his delight is the Law or the Word of God. I have often told people that the Christian life is not what we give up but what we get.
He is Thoughtful. He meditates on the Word of God continually. That is consistent whether he is enjoying prosperity or the night of adversity. He knows that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. As the disciples told our LORD, “Where would we go, You have the words of life?”
He is Hopeful. He is always filled with expectation. He is like the tree that spreads its root out by the river, it does not wither or fade. It is always nourished by the Word of God. He is not living by success or bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
He is Faithful. The fruit of his life is visible to all and provides nourishment and encouragement to others. He is filled with the Spirit of God and the fruit of the Spirit is manifest in his life daily. He is always ready to give an answer for the reason of hope that is in him. He is instant in season and out of season. He is faithful because He knows that God is faithful.
He is Beautiful. You may scratch your head at that one, but consider the words, “whose leave also doth not wither.” There is a vital connection between the root and the leaf. No one can see your roots, but they see your fruit and that fruit brings beauty to a very ugly world.
He is Successful. “Whatsoever he does shall prosper.” That is incredible. Whatsoever? Imagine living a life where you virtually have the Midas touch and whatever you do prospers. Do you imagine that others might want to discover your secret? It is Jesus!
The Contrast is that the Happy Man or Woman is other than or opposite of the World. The ungodly are lawless and are like chaff, not fruit-bearing trees. The Happy Man is not blown about by situations, circumstances, moods, or opinions. 1 John 2:17 declares, “Only he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” Matthew 5:13, the words of Jesus, “Every plant that My heavenly Father hath not planted will be rooted up.”
So my question is “Are You Happy?” If not, turn to Jesus and He will bring complete peace and contentment to your soul. In that state and as you “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” you will find the state of Happiness you desire.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!