Three “do not” that will guide you to happiness

The first psalm, from which the book of Psalms begins, begins with the definition of a happy person, or, more precisely, with what a happy (blessed) person does NOT do. And then the whole book defines the possibilities for achieving and receiving happiness.

Perhaps we are used to thinking that we need to do something and then you will achieve happiness. For example: marry successfully  or get rich, build a house or at least pay off loans. But the book of Psalms at the very beginning states that the path to happiness begins not with “what to do”, but with what “not to do”. Simply put, a person who does not do “this” will be truly happy.

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; But his delight is in the law of the Lord,And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalms 1:1-3).

Let’s look at these three “not”:

1. “Walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.”

With his life experience David claims that not consulting with dishonest people brings happiness. Consultations on any occasion with people who are far from righteousness and understanding of the vital principles of the Kingdom bring only sadness. Do not follow the advice of people who reject biblical principles. Don’t seek their advice. Not for any reason or situation. Whether it’s family, business or something else.

2. “Do not stand in the way of sinners.”

Very often, the system of this temporary world offers us its own ways to solve problems or achieve success, while promising quick dividends and an easy life. This is a trap. Do not walk and imitate the ways of people living in sin. Even if they seem to be successful. Do not learn their ways and do not follow them. If you have already embarked on this path, get off it. Don’t be fooled by sin.

3. “And does not sit in the seat of the scornful.”

The moral side of our life directly affects the presence or absence of happiness: lies, theft, sexual sins cannot bring the fullness of happiness. Pornography, witchcraft, drunkenness… It brings neither security nor success.

In the second verse of this psalm, David concludes that truly happy is the one who constantly meditates and seeks answers, advice and guidance in the eternal and living Word of God, the one who embarks on the path of seeking the Truth and following Christ.

The absence of these three “no´s” in our lives brings only curses, ruin and grief.

Immeasurably happy is the man who does not seek advice from the wicked, who does not follow the ways of the perishing, and who does not participate in the immoral works of darkness.

Author: Oleg Alexandrov for IN THE LIGHT.

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