by James Merritt

How to Thrive in Ninety-Five
James Merritt
Psalm 1


1. I started to title this message, ''How to Survive in Ninety-Five'' until I realized that God does not simply want his children to survive, He wants them to thrive.

2. The first Psalm was written to tell the child of God exactly how to do that. For it begins with these four words, ''Blessed is the man.'' So we know that this Psalm is God's blueprint for blessing. It is God's path to prosperity. It is God's hallway to happiness.

3. The word blessed is actually in the Hebrew, plural. That refers to the intensity and the multiplicity of the blessings that await the man who will do what this Psalm tells him to do. In the Old Testament blessing would be synonymous with what we would call today success.

4. Get it in your mind and heart that God wants you to be successful. God wants you to prosper. The Bible says in Psalm 35:27, ''Let the Lord be magnified who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servants.'' III John 2 says, ''Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.'' God wants to bless you. He wants you to thrive, not just survive.

5. Every parent has a desire that his children be successful. But may I confess something to you? My greatest fear for my three sons is not that they will not succeed; my greatest fear is that they will succeed in things that really don't matter.

6. If you want to be successful in the right way, God's way, which is really the only way, and if you want to make this year your best year, and make it really count for God, then there are three pieces of advice the Psalmist gives us.

I. Live For The Lord

1. ''Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;'' (v.1) The Psalmist describes three groups of people that we will call the skeptic, the sinner, and the scornful. These are people with ''D.D.'' degrees. T ...

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