Happy Are Those Who…

Key Text: Psalm 1:1

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.

There is no shortage of definitions or prescriptions for happiness:

  • Fame
  • Money
  • Lots of vacation time
  • Family
  • A successful career
  • Retirement
  • A wonderful partner in love
  • A fresh start
  • Health
  • Surfing the perfect wave

I am sure you could add to the list if you gave it some thought.

Scripture says that “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path sinners tread or sit in the seat of scoffers.”

To put it a little more positively, it is a life highlighted by delighting in God’s guidance and abiding presence.  It is meditating on that guidance; that law and covenant each day and night.

Just today I saw the latest copy of Esquire’s BLACK BOOK that promises to advise “successful men” on what they must own and how they must look in order to have real “style” and – I suppose – real “success.”  It includes things like owning a leather jacket that is priced out at a little over $9,000.00

Please, give me a break.

Scripture has it right.  Happy are those who live a life of faith, in loving relationship with the living God.

It has nothing to do with $9,000 leather jackets.

It has everything to do with a priceless life with God.

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