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Blessed Is the Man Who Fears God (4 of 6)
Series: Blessed Is the Man - The Secrets to Real Happiness
1. THE POSTERITY OF THE GOD-FEARING MAN
A) The Life That Is Seen By the Children
B) The Life That Is Shared By the Children
2. THE PROSPERITY OF THE GOD-FEARING MAN
A) What Money Can't Provide
B) What Money Can't Produce
3. THE PROPENSITY OF THE GOD-FEARING MAN
A) The Conduct of a God-fearing Person
B) The Consecration of a God-fearing Person
1) For the past few weeks we have been looking at the phrase, ''Blessed be the man.'' In this phrase we have the secrets to real and lasting happiness. The world's idea of happiness often depends on happenings. If things are going good then they are happy. But, when things go bad it is a different story.
2) The Bible's definition of happiness is altogether different. Real and lasting happiness has nothing to do with what is happening around you. It has to do with what is happening within you or has happened in you. As we have seen, happiness comes from being forgiven of sin, letting the Bible be the guide of your life, and trusting in God.
3) Today I want us to see that one of the secrets of real happiness comes from fearing God. Psalm 111 and 112 are an interesting pair of Psalms. As you look at them carefully you will find that the structure of the two Psalms is the same. There are ten verses in each Psalm. The first eight verses in each are couplets and the last two triplets. This gives you twenty-two lines in each corresponding to the twenty-two letters of the Hebrews alphabet. Each line in the Psalms begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
4) This structure was often used as an aid to memory. Jews carried much of their history and literature in their mind and could readily recall what was written. Acrostics and meter such as you have in these Psalms were of great benefit in memorization.
5) Although the structure is the same in each Psalm, ther ...
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