Summary: The benefits of having a merry heart and how to have one in spite of your situation
A Merry Heart
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..."
· I have two goals for this message.
1. That you will leave our church with a merry heart.
2. That you will maintain that merry heart through the whole week, no matter what circumstances you face.
· A merry heart is a joyful heart.
· We are joyful on the inside because of what God is doing and because of who He is.
· We are joyful to a point of singing, even when circumstances are not what they should be, or what we want them to be.
· Some people want to always be happy.
· The joyful or merry Christian isn’t always happy with the happenings surrounding him, however, he finds joy in Christ in spite of the happenings.
· This proverb states that a merry heart is good for us like a medicine.
· A medicine often soothes.
· A merry heart soothes us and anxiety is reduced.
· A merry heart also soothes our attitude so that we respond properly to people.
· A medicine often reduces pain.
· A merry heart reduces the pain of hurt feelings, failed expectations and misunderstandings.
· A medicine also makes one feel better, especially when infection is removed.
· A merry heart makes us feel better about the situations with which we are confronted.
· How do I receive a merry heart?
· What is a merry heart like?
· Here are six qualities of a merry heart:
I. A Merry Heart Is A Heart At Peace.
A. The peace of conversion
[Isaiah 59:2] But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
[Isaiah 53:5-6] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
[Romans 5:1] Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
B. The peace of confession
[Psalm 66:18] If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
[1 John 1:9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
[Psalm 32:5] I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
C. The peace of concentration
[Isaiah 26:3] Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
(True peace comes from the Lord, focusing on Him.)
II. A Merry Heart Is A Heart Of Praise.
[Lamentations 3:22-23] It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
[Psalm 34:1] I Will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
[Psalm 100:1-5] 1. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.