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How to Be Happy, Happy, Happy (1 of 8)
Series: Summer in the Psalms
This morning I am starting a series of messages on the Psalms. There are 150 Psalms, but I will only cover about 8 of them throughout the remainder of the summer; and I am trying to capture a variety of themes throughout those 8 psalms. What do you think of when you think of the Psalms?
Some think of the psalms as a hymn book of praises to the Lord.
Some think of the psalms as a consolation during times of adversity.
Some think of the psalms as prayers of desperation and dependence.
In the psalms the various writers express a wide range of emotions, from expressing praise and adoration toward God, to asking about His presence and His activity.
Today, we are going to look at Psalm 1, which has no attribution concerning an author.
It is a fitting psalm to open the entire book because of its focus on contrasting the righteous and the wicked; AND because it speaks of being blessed.
TEXT: Psalms 1:1-6 (ESV) (recite aloud)
The word ''blessed'' means to be fulfilled or to be filled with bliss.
Look at how some other translations render the word ''blessed'':
Oh, the joys....New Living
Joy is deeper than happiness.
How well God must like you..The Message
Blessed means that you have favor with God; even when life may be falling apart.
Jesus used the Greek rendering of this word in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, etc.
Interestingly, the word ''blessed'' is in the plural form.
So it means a constant state of blessedness or fulfillment.
It could mean that many blessings come from this.
Some translations use the word, ''happy'' in the place of ''blessed''.
So, because it is a plural form, you could say ''happy, happy, happy''.
For you Duck Dynasty fans, you may recognize this phrase from Phil Robertson.
VIDEO: ''Happy, Happy, Happy''
It's not just ''happy''. It's happy, happy, happy.
So, who is this ''bless ...
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