Summary: Living "happily ever after" is not a fairy tale for the believer! It can be attained by applying the truths of Psalm 1.
We are turning again to the book of Psalms, today we are turning to one of the Psalms that is a gatekeeper to this phenomenal book – we are turning to Psalm 1. Psalm 1 is the doorway into the entire Psalter, and in it, the grand theme of the psalms, and in fact of the bible is revealed. So let’s begin to read it in the version that we are the most familiar with…
Psalm 1 (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Have you ever noticed that many of the children stories, and fairy tales read to children mostly end with these words, "and they lived happily ever after?"
Example: Cinderella- "Cinderella came down the long stairs she came, as the Duke was just about to leave. “Please!” cried Cinderella. “Please let me try.” And of course the slipper fitted, since it was her very own. That was all the Duke needed. Now his long search was done. And so Cinderella became the prince’s bride, and they lived happily ever after--and the little pet mice lived in the palace and were happy ever after, too.
Example: Snow White- "Snow White was in a deep sleep in which no one could awaken her… but the Prince kissed her and to everyone’s astonishment, Snow White opened her eyes, and had amazingly come back to life, and the Prince asked Snow White to marry him, and from that day on, Snow White and the Prince lived happily ever after…
Why this recurring theme? Why must these fairy tales end this way? BECAUSE FROM THE TIME THAT WE ARE A CHILDREN, THAT IS WHAT EACH ONE OF US WANT ISN’T IT? WE ALL ASPIRE TO ENTER INTO A LIFE EXPERIENCE IN WHICH WE LIVE….HAPPILY – EVERAFTER!!
That is the aspiration upon which this great republic was formed. The opening words of that great document that was written on July 4, 1776 called the Declaration of Independence that spearheaded the founding of this nation contains these words…
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
WHY IS THAT A SELF EVIDENT TRUTH? Because believe it or not the bible is a book of blessedness. It shows us that it is God’s will and desire to bless his creation!
How does the first book of the bible begin?
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”- NKJV
How does the last book of the bible begin?
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Revelation 22:7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
It is God’s desire to bless! Which means as you read the first verse of our scripture text in the amplified and expanded versions of the bible to provide us a...
Psalm 1:1a Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) – AMPC
Psalm 1:1a ·Happy [Blessed] EXB
Jesus’ first teaching supports this view, the first thing he taught, again in the AMPC of the bible he begins by placing before us this idea!
Matthew 5:3 Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! - AMPC
BLESSEDNESS, HAPPINESS, GODLY PROSPERITY, LIFE JOY, AND SATISFACTION IS WHAT GOD WANTS TO PROVIDE FOR EACH ONE OF US!