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How to be Happy

Psalm 1:1 (KJB) 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.

Caesarea Baptist Church, our home church has a Reformers Unanimous Chapter that we have been attending as a devotional study. RU is more than just an addiction recovery program but is very helpful in ministering to those who have or have had addictions in the past.

In the RU Overcomer Workbook one of the challenges is to learn, memorize and understand Psalm One. As I have been working on this challenge I was struck by the richness as well as how many of the principals of RU blend with the verses from Psalm 1. Here are a few as examples:

Principal 6

Those who do not love the Lord will not help us serve the Lord.

Principal 4

We cannot fight a fleshly appetite by indulging in it.

Reformers Unanimous is not focused on sobriety. The focus is on FREEDOM. We all love Freedom in America!

Psalm 1:1 has a great message and is very instructive if you take the time to break down the verse into parts. First we have a promise – Blessed is the man – which is where the title of this article comes from, How to be Happy! In our hearts no matter what our mental or physical condition is we all want to be happy. The verse tells us that we will be Blessed or happy if we follow the three basic conditions provided in this verse.

Proverbs 10:22 (KJB) The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

All three conditions are negative which is interesting but for each positive there is typically a negative. Let’s check out each of the three conditions.

Walk Not

Psalm 1:1a Blessed is the man (the promise of happiness) that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly

God’s first condition for us to have happiness is to not participate in or listen to the instruction of ungodly people. Certainly, this is teaching us about separation. It makes sense right if you want to be happy then don’t follow or fellowship with people that are sinners? Principal 6 above teaches us that those who do not love the Lord will not help us serve the Lord! There is so much truth in this principle. Our friends that we had before we became Christians that enjoyed a sinful lifestyle are going to constantly be trying to get us to do the things we used to do before we were saved and living for Jesus Christ. The Bible is full of many verses that teach us the best way to avoid sin – is to not be where (or with whom) it is happening. Here are just a few verses that share the idea that we should not walk in the instruction of sinners:

Proverbs 1:10 (KJB) My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. Just a few more verses down Solomon adds this instruction – Proverbs 1:15 (KJB) My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

That one smacks us right in the forehead – this is one of my favorite verses and one I think every young man and woman needs to learn. Proverbs 1:10 If sinners try to lure you in their ways or path, just say NO! That’s my translation but the King James Bible says it much more elegant than I if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Verse 15 says refrain thy foot from their path – meaning the path of the sinners. Sounds just like not walking in the instruction of the ungodly. Clearly, steering clear of sinners who can lead us into their path is God’s way.

Stand Not

Psalm 1:1b (KJB) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners,

God’s second condition for us to be happy is to not be where sinners are. Simple, want to not get caught up in what sinners are doing then don’t go where they hang out. Clearly, the idea of separation is being discussed again. The first condition involved not fellowshipping with sinners. Now, there is a progression to not being or hanging out where they are. Have you ever noticed that sinners tend to congregate together much of the time? They hang together because they enjoy doing the same things as other sinners. They go to bars, parties, places where things like drinking, and drugs are part of the events happening. So if we listen to part one and don’t fellowship with sinners, then part two teaches us to not even go where they are. The greater thought is of not frequenting the places where sinners hang out. Again, the broader principle is that of separation. God’s blessing is promised for those who come out from among the world’s crowd and are separate from them.

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (KJB) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Principle 1

If God’s against it, so am I!

Principal 9

We lose our freedom to choose when we give in to temptation. Our consequences are inevitable and incalculable and up to God.

Sit Not

Psalm 1:1 (KJB) 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.

God’s final thought is (Blessed is the man that) “sitteth (not) in the seat of the scornful.” The thought likely is of not sitting under the influence of those things that scorn the things of God. The application to education, Television, radio, music, and where it is received is apparent. Notice also the continuing progression. God has promised to bless those who do not fellowship with the ungodly. That condition also includes separating from the places where sinners congregate. Finally, it includes not placing oneself under the influence and teaching of those who mock and scorn the things of God. A strong case for Christian education is at hand. Being mindful of where we allow not only ourselves but our family to learn from is important. TV, Radio, our state education system, and the influence of the world’s crowd that hate God is the third principle we need to learn.. Avoiding the world and its never-ending indoctrination of sin is an excellent way to stay happy.

Ephesians 5:11 (KJB) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Isaiah 55:7 (KJB) Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

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