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									 God’s Plan for
Human Happiness
    Psalm 1
               Psalms 1:1-6
1. How happy is the man who does not follow
   the advice of the wicked, or take the path
   of sinners, or join a group of mockers!
2. Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s
   instruction, and he meditates on it day and
   night.
3. He is like a tree planted beside streams of
   water that bears its fruit in season and
   whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he
   does prospers.
4. The wicked are not like this; instead, they
   are like chaff that the wind blows away.
5. Therefore the wicked will not survive the
   judgment, and sinners will not be in the
   community of the righteous.
6. For the Lord watches over the way of the
   righteous, but the way of the wicked leads
   to ruin.
 God Has a Plan for
   Your Happiness

• Vs. 1 “How happy is the man…!”


   Happy is plural…
   NLT: “Oh, the joys of those…”
Things You Cannot Do
    And Be Happy
   You Cannot Accept the
      Thinking of the
      Secular World

• Vs. 1 “…Happy is the man who
  does not follow the advice of the
  wicked”
You Cannot Adopt the
 Ways of Those Who
    Indulge in Sin

• Vs. 1 “Happy is the man who
  does not… take the path of
  sinners”
  You Cannot Acquire the
    Cynical Attitude of
    Those Who Ridicule
      Spiritual Things

• Vs. 1 “Happy is the man who does
  not… join a group of mockers!”



     Mockers: to scorn, make
     mouths at, talk arrogantly
   You Cannot Pick the
     Wrong Friends

• Vs. 1 “How happy is the man who
  does not follow the advice of the
  wicked, or take the path of sinners,
  or join a group of mockers!”
• The wrong friends take us down a
  slippery slope
   – NAS95: “Walk in the counsel of
     the wicked, Nor stand in the path
     of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of
     scoffers”
   You Cannot Pick the
     Wrong Friends

• Vs. 1 “How happy is the man who
  does not follow the advice of the
  wicked, or take the path of sinners,
  or join a group of mockers!”
• The wrong friends take us down a
  slippery slope
   – NAS95: “Walk in the counsel of
     the wicked, Nor stand in the path
     of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of
     scoffers”
Things that Put You in the
Path of the Happiness God
       Has for You
Delighting in the Lord’s
      Instruction

• Vs. 2 “His delight is in the Lord’s
  instruction”
   Thinking About the
      Word of God

• Vs. 2 “Instead, his delight is in the
  Lord’s instruction, and he meditates
  on it day and night.”

   To consider by talking to one’s self out-loud.
      John Gill: “diligent reading and serious
   consideration of it; and of the employment of
    the thoughts, and of deep study upon it, in
   order to find out the sense and meaning of it”
Portrait of a Happy Life
    A Word Picture
  Planted for Maximum
      Nourishment

• Vs. 3 “He is like a tree planted
  beside streams of water”


      “Such an one is compared to a tree ‘planted’;
       not to one that grows of itself, a wild tree…
        but to one that is removed… and planted
                 elsewhere” – John Gill
          Fruitful

• Vs. 3 “He is like a tree… that
  bears its fruit in season”
• Matt 7:16 “You’ll recognize
  them by their fruit. Are grapes
  gathered from thorn bushes or
  figs from thistles?”
      Protected from
         Drought

• Vs. 3 “He is like a tree planted
  beside streams of water… whose
  leaf does not wither.”
        Successful
     throughout Life

• Vs. 4 “Whatever he does prospers.”
      The Lord Takes a
     Personal Interest
        in Their Lives
• Vs. 6 “For the Lord watches over
  the way of the righteous”
Those Who Will
Never be Happy
         An Entirely
       Different Story

• Vs. 4 “The wicked are not like this”
• Living: “But for sinners what a
  different story!”
               Useless

• Vs. 4 “They are like chaff”



        The husk and other materials
      separated from the kernel of grain
      during the threshing or winnowing
     process. It blew away in the wind or
    was burned up as worthless          —
            Holman Bible Dictionary
    Unable to Stand at
      the Judgment

• Vs. 5 “Therefore the wicked will not
  survive the judgment”
  Will Not Be in Heaven

• Vs. 5 “Sinners will not be in the
  community of the righteous.”
          Final Ruin

• Vs. 6 “The way of the wicked leads
  to ruin”

								
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