Quest for Happiness
by Ray Harmer
Those of the world are on a quest for happiness and often look for it in the wrong ways or places. As Christians, we are fortunate to have God’s Word. If our desire is to live a happy and prosperous life, I cannot think of a better place to start than the Book of Psalms. Through the years, I have come to know Psalm 1 as a recipe for success. This Psalm is a great lesson in comparison and contrast. We have a choice and God sets it before us here in Psalm 1. God simply states, that if we follow Him in all our doings we will be blessed by Him. Yet, He likewise shows the dangers of doing it the world’s way.
Verse 1 describes the downward plunge toward despair and defeat. In our walk with God, if we begin to listen to worldly wisdom, it will start the process; which eventually leads to replacing God with worldly desire. It can happen to the most devoted of Christians. We must place a guard on our senses to prevent this from happening.
Verse 2 is the diamond of life that will satisfy every Christian (and the world if they would only turn to Him for salvation). God says our delight should be in His Word and if we search the Bible day and night we will experience life as a well-watered, well-rooted tree. A lofty sycamore tree, planted by a stream, is a perfect illustration of verse 3.
It is so simple; yet, we as believers sometimes lose sight of His promises. They are often obscured by the so-called wisdom of the world which will only bring about the consequences of vs. 5. While in Washington State, I had occasion to watch the harvesting of many a field of wheat. As the combines cut through the fields, the wheat went into bins, but the chaff blew up in the air and whisked away, never to be seen again. The latter is a sad testimony to the unsaved.
We know the heathen rage (Psalm 2:1-2) and life does not seem fair at times, but God is the true measure of fairness. If we would be honest, who has not thought about the “successful”, godless people that appear to prevail? However, we can be assured if we set our compass toward God, we the redeemed of God will have the victory. Our vindication is none other than Jesus Christ the Lord.
The remaining verses of Psalm 2 describe how God will handle the scoffers. He does not relish this but wishes that all men would come to salvation (2 Pet. 3:9). God keeps records and in Ps. 1:5-6, He tells us where the unbelievers will not stand and that we, as believers, are known (and loved) forever by God.
Finally, God reminds us in the last verse of Psalm 2 that blessed are all they that put their trust in Him! If God be for us who can be against us (Rom. 8:31)! With this said, will we look to earthly resolutions or resolve no longer to linger charmed by the world’s delights.