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Summary: Happiness is defined as a condition of supreme well-being and good spirits, joy, cheerfulness, gladness, blessedness. Happiness is conditional. We know that happiness is not the result of accumulation of things because some of the most miserable people in

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1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. 3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. 4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Happiness is defined as a condition of supreme well-being and good spirits, joy, cheerfulness, gladness, blessedness.

Happiness is conditional. We know that happiness is not the result of accumulation of things because some of the most miserable people in the world have every thing money can buy.

Happiness does not come from pleasure alone, because many pleasures leave people feeling empty, used and worse than before.

In 1948, Life magazine brought together labor-union leaders, industrial leaders, university scholars, and clergy to discuss what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they referred to “the pursuit of happiness.” They concluded that – steady work under good conditions at a living wage was absolutely essential. One participant, who had been crippled by polio, said, “It is my experience that suffering and pain are, unfortunately, great character builders—not that suffering is good in itself, but because it often helps to shift our expectation of happiness from without to a search within.”

Happiness isn’t found by pursuing happiness. It’s the result of seeking an ever-closer walk with God. When we do, we will find a depth of happiness no person or thing can give.

I believe the way to experience true happiness is by knowing God and living a life of faith and obedience.

This Psalm is a song of Joy.

• In it, we meet happy people filled with laughter and singing – The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad (v 3).

• Because of their joy, the people around them are aware of God – The unsaved said, The LORD hath done great things for them (v 2).

This Psalm doesn’t define happiness but it does reveal what produces happiness.

#1. Happiness is the result of FREEDOM – v1-3. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. 3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

The residents of Jerusalem have just experienced a sudden miracles deliverance from a devastating enemy named Sennacherib.

This Psalm is written during the reign of King Hezekiah (2 Chron 32; 2 Kings 18-19; Isa 36-37). The deliverance was so great that the people of neighboring nations also rejoiced.

The Assyrian army devastated the land during their invasion:

• Hezekiah stopped the springs that flowed through the valley...

• The Assyrians blundered cities, crops and livestock...


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