Summary: This sermon is about finding joy in the word of God.
THEME: THERE IS HAPPINESS IN THE
WORD OF GOD
SUBJECT: WHAT IS YOUR DELIGHT?
By Chris Cromwell
Background Scrip Psalm 1
Text Psalms 1:1,2 “1 Blessed is the man that walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is the Law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”
Key-verse Psalm1: 2a “But his delight is in the Law of the Lord.”
We have all sought for happiness in our life. In our expedition for happiness, we have turn to many diverse sources in expectation of obtaining purpose and contentment in life.
Some of us have tried to acquire happiness by venturing down many different avenues such as: obtaining material possession, through relationships, by doing charitable deeds, through fame and fortune, in alcohol and drugs, by living a wild and adventurous life, and even through different religions which also includes a false sense of Christianity.
All of these things are external remedies for an internal problem. In addition, these things may satisfy for an instant but all of these things are momentary solutions and none of these things can show us the way to true happiness, which we can only experience with a relationship with Jesus Christ. Moreover, in our pursuit for happiness, we often compromise our morals and values, which will ultimately leads us further and further away from Him.
This World’s happiness is base on self-gratification and the pride of life, but true happiness is not about self, but to be more precise, it is about pleasing God. When we focus our attention on pleasing God, he over shadows us with his Joy. The Word of God tells us in Ps 16:11 “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is the fullness of Joy.” Not only will He over shadow us with his joy, but also He will bless us with his Peace. David said in Ps 29:11 “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with Peace.” In addiction to blessing those who seek him with peace, he will also give them Happiness. The New International Version of Ecclesiastes 2:26 verse tells us “to the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and Happiness.”
Do not deceive yourself; God is the foundation as well as the supplier of true happiness. This is why we must come to know him through his word and engage in a personal relationship with him. Jesus said in Mt. 6:33 that we should “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his rightousness and all these thing shall be added unto you”, and this includes happiness. When we seek God with our whole heart, he causes the promises that are in His divine word to become a reality in our life. Then we can proclaim as the Psalmist said in the text, “that the Law of the Lord is my delight.’ Now the Question is, “What is your delight?”
In our text, we see three characteristics of a godly man who have acquired happiness in his life. In addition, all three strengths came from his love of the word of God. He was blessed because he chose God’s word. He was blessed because he stood on God’s word. He was blessed because he meditated on God’s word. If we want to attain a happiness that goes beyond the grave, we must do as the Psalmist did. We must choose God’s word, we must study God’s word, and we must stand on God’s word. The question is what is your delight.
We will begin this study by first examining the word blessed. The Hebrew word for blessed is called eh‘-sher. This word is defined as happiness or blessedness. Now the definition of happiness is a state of well-being and contentment. If the word bless that is found in our text is meant to be interpreted as happy, then we would be correct to say that his well being and contentment came from honoring God’s word and not partaking in sin. We see this because of his action of not walking in the counsel of the ungodly, and not standing in the path of sinners, and not sitting in the sit of the scornful. These three people are actively participating in sin.
There is joy in keeping the word of God. There is nothing that gives more pieces of mine than to know that you are right with God. If he had studied the word of God, he knows that God hate sin, and that the wages of sin is death. With this in mine, he shuns evil that he may stay in communion with God. When we follow Christ we have the privileged to stand in his presence, and in the presence of the Lord is the fullness of joy. The New international Version words it this way “ You will fill me with joy in your presence.” Joy is a synonym for happiness. Therefore, this tells me that the Lord will cause my well being to remain and my contentment to flourish in Him. In plan words, it means that if I follow the words of God he will make me happy.