Psalm 1:1 “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.”
The man in Psalm 1 is a very happy man. The word “blessed” means “happy”. This happy man is not just slightly happy; he is happy with a glow! And the amazing thing—he is not happy because of what he has, but because of how he lives. Young person, how you live is so much more important than what you have. There are many people who have riches galore, but have no happiness in life. What a sad commentary. On the other hand, there are people with very modest possessions who are as happy as a coon in the cornfield with the hound dogs tied. That’s happy!
There is something important to note in verse one. The first thing we are told about how this happy man lives is what he does NOT do. He does NOT walk in the counsel of the ungodly. He does NOT stand in the way of sinners. He does NOT sit in the seat of the scornful. He has some “nots” tied in his life—some things he will NOT do. Parents sometimes complain that their teenagers are not happy because there are too many negatives; there are too many rules in the youth group or school. But God said this man is so very happy because he has some rules; he has some “thou shalt nots” tied into his life. Are we to believe God or man? Let God be true and every man a liar! There are many who feel confined by rules and boundaries. Rules, “thou shalt nots”, and the things we don’t do are what helps to create happiness in our lives. Set some boundaries—tie some “nots” into your life—and enjoy living happily!
-Pastor Terry Anglea
Faith Baptist Church – Boubonnais, Il