How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
Psalm 1 opens up with a word that we may use but not understand: “blessed.” In the context of the Scriptures, this word means “happy.” We live in a world where happiness may seem elusive. Happiness is not about what happens to us, but it’s no secret that we think happiness is the result of what we have. Verse 1 used the words “walk,” “sit,” and “stand” to cover all of our external behavior. If we are not careful, it is easy to think that if we do things to get more, then and only then, we will be happy.
The Bible is full of examples of people who are happy despite their external circumstances. Jesus was homeless and poor, yet He was the most fulfilled person who ever lived. Paul was poor and spent the entire last half of his life in prison, yet he wrote that he learned to be content in any situation (Phil. 4:11). Though Paul was dirt-poor financially, he was filthy rich relationally. Happiness is found in where we place our hope. Happiness is found when we hear from God and know what it means to love and trust Him. This happens as we saturate our hearts and minds with the Scriptures, which is the true purpose of the TableforTwo. We come to hear from God, because hearing from God is the path to true happiness.
- How are you regularly planning to fill your heart and mind with God’s Word?
- Why do we equate happiness with our experiences?
- Praise God for giving us happiness in His Son.