Godliness Leads to a Heart Filled with True Happiness! (vs. 1-3)
In this Psalm the word “blessed” comes from the Hebrew word ‘asher which means happy or joyous.
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
We learn—“Blessing” results from a deliberate choice of a certain way of life: the godly life.
“Blessed,” means this person is right with God and enjoys the spiritual peace and joy that results from that relationship.
Three Pairs of Three Words:
- Walking leads to standing which leads to sitting.
- Taking counsel leads to a lifestyle that becomes a life.
What are we to take away from these progressions and pairs?
A godly life is protected by guarding our counsel, our company and our character.
Be careful who you listen to...
Our Company (“stands”)
Be careful who you hang with...
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Our Character (“sits”)
Be careful who you are becoming…
A godly life is fueled by God’s Word through...
Our Desires (“delight”)
Our Thoughts (“meditation”)
John R. W. Stott
“The contrast between the two ways may be put like this. It is the difference between those who are in love with sin and those who love God. The first class love sin’s ways and follow it. The second love God and seek him in Scripture, where he may be found.”
A Godly Life has a Blessed Result! (vs. 3)
How does God supply happiness?
1. Life- “planted”
2. Nutrition-“streams of water” full and satisfied
3. Productivity-“fruit in season” fulfilling what we are made for
4. Strength-“leaf does not wither” has strength to endure through tough times.
5. Prosperity-“whatever he does”
Wickedness Results in Total Ruin. (vs. 4-6)
“The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
Arno C. Gaebelein
“Who is this blessed man of whom the psalmist speaks? This man never walked in the counsel of the wicked or stood in the way of sinners or sat in the seat of mockers. He was an absolutely sinless man. Jesus is that man, of course. He is the only perfect man who ever lived, and he is the sinner’s Savior. It is he who stands at the portal of this book to show us the way to live and help us do it.”