The Book of Psalms
What does it take to make you happy? Why is it so difficult to stay happy? Even those questions provoke the thought that lasting happiness is nearly impossible here on Earth. So many people are discouraged in their quest for happiness amidst this tragic life. Their pursuit only leaves them hopeless and in despair. But Scripture has the answers! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones leads us through the first two verses in Psalm 1, and explains how God reveals His prescription for true peace and lasting joy. Far beyond the temporal emotion of happiness, there is a lasting joy that characterizes the life of one who follow's God's prescribed plan. By contrasting the two alternatives, and discussing the theory and the practice, the negative and the positive, you'll discover the biblical view—that man always seeks happiness in the wrong place, and that there is no true happiness apart from God.
In this final installment of Psalm 1, Dr Martn Lloyd Jones diagnoses the way of the ungodly and then presents the prescription given by God for the ungodly to be remedied. Listen as he lays out the five aspects of God’s future judgment: the fact, the nature, the terms, the thoroughness, and the consequences. It is a dismal future for the ungodly man. He will not stand amidst the congregation of the righteous. Since God’s Law sets the standard for us, how can anyone meet that standard? There is only one Way. And, only one Secret to happiness and blessedness. Only Christ can remove the fear of death and judgment. As the hymn states, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness… On Christ the solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.” You can stand on nothing else in this world or on the Day of Judgment. Are you standing on the Rock who is Christ Jesus? Is He your only hope?
What seperates Christians from the rest of the world? How can you know for sure someone else is truly saved? Scripture gives many tests of salvation, but few are as vivid as the portrait painted in Psalm 1. From this passage Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the vast difference between those who are rooted by the river of life and those who will blow away like chaff. But what about you? What is the fruit of your life? Are you experiencing the peace and happiness that is the natural fruit from a godly life? In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones presents five differences between the godly and the ungodly person. These differences are profound and have eternal consequences. Due to our sin, we are no longer as God originally created us to be, but instead we are an empty husk in desperate need of salvation. Listen and discover why unhappiness characterizes the ungodly man and understand the only remedy is found in Jesus Christ.
Once we see the emptiness of the ungodly life, we ask: So how CAN one become godly, blessed, and happy? How CAN one truly live the "more abundant life" Christ came to give us? Many think they are Christians, but in this inspiring discourse from Psalm 1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones distinguishes the man who is unquestionably "in Christ" from him who merely deceives himself. No man is born a Christian. No man can make himself a Christian. A Christian is the work of God through the work of the Holy Spirit in conviction, revelation, repentance, and conversion. It’s God’s doing. One can only experience the new birth into a new life as the result of the operation of the Spirit. Only then will one experience the happiness God intended for us to know in Him. The true Christian has no need to fear whatever comes in life. The true Christian is like a tree. God is the “Planter” of the tree. He selects the location of the tree so that the tree will bear good fruit — in its season — without withering.