Many people desire to be happy. Our Constitution says that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Many people today are not happy. We live in a society filled with many addictions- drugs, alcohol, food, sex. The list goes on and on. People try to find happiness in all the wrong places. What is the secret to happiness? Many spend their entire lives searching for happiness. As Ponce de Leon searched for the elusive Fountain of Youth in 1513, many today are searching for happiness.
The secret to happiness is found in a very unlikely place. The middle of the Bible contains the longest chapter in the Bible. Psalm 119 has 176 verses! Almost every verse mentions the Word of God. Psalm 119 focuses on Scripture. As it focuses on God’s Word it reveals the path to happiness.
The Bible is an amazing Book. The Bible is inspired. It is breathed out by God- but that is not the main point of Psalm 119. The Bible is inerrant. There are no errors in the original manuscripts of the Bible- but that is not the theme of Psalm 119. The Bible is infallible. It is trustworthy- but that is not the big idea of Psalm 119.
Psalm 119 focuses on the supernatural power found in the Word of God. As we read and meditate on Scripture, God’s power and strength flow into us. As a young child I enjoyed watching Popeye. Popeye had a very simple plot. He got into fights. He ate his spinach and then won the fights. The Bible is spiritual spinach!
Psalm 119 verses 1 and 2 teach the secret to happiness. The very entryway into this magnificent psalm reveals the path to fulfillment. “How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart.”
These two verses weave together four elements and teach the secret to happiness. First, there is God’s Word. Second, there is sin. Third, there is holiness. Fourth, there is happiness. Happiness and holiness are twins. They always live together! When the Bible moves in, sin moves out. When sin moves out, holiness moves in. When holiness moves in, happiness moves in.
Psalm 119:11 says, “Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” The key to happiness is the Bible. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you…” God’s Word is to be at home in our lives. It is to richly dwell within us. Jesus said, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth.”
The Bible is described as a hammer and a fire and a sword and as bread. It is better than honey and better than money. Psalm 119 teaches that as you read and understand God’s Word God’s supernatural power flows into you.
The Bible drives out sin. It is impossible to meditate on Scripture and sin. Our great enemy is sin. Sin separates us from God. Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.” Sin does not bring happiness. Sin brings death.
Jesus came to die for our sins. He bore the payment for our sins. He died that we might live. Scripture always points to Jesus. The Bible drives out sin. Holiness is to be separated from sin and to be set apart to God. Holiness always brings her twin sister happiness!
Unfortunately, many in America are not happy today. Our land is filled with rioting and hatred and division. Why is this? We have abandoned God’s Word. The Supreme Court no longer allowed school sponsored prayer in 1962. The Ten Commandments were banished from schools in 1980. We have exalted homosexuality and embraced what the Bible describes as a reprobate mind. A reprobate mind is when good is called evil and evil is called good.
When the Bible is removed, sin rushes in. When sin rushes in, holiness leaves. When holiness leaves, happiness leaves. The key to happiness is to reverse the process. Let’s open our Bible and obey God’s Word. The Bible will drive out sin. When sin is removed, holiness comes. Holiness always brings her best friend happiness.
Ethan Hansen is a pastor at Faith Bible Fellowship in Big Lake.