Your Life’s Garden (Psalm 128:1-2)


Each year, I set out to have a garden and sometime late in the winter, I begin to plan what I want to grow. I plant the seeds for tomatoes in March and nurture them until early May when I plant them in the ground. Much work goes into weeding and pruning the plants, but in the later part of July, I begin to eat the fruit of my labors. What a time to enjoy. There are others who attempt the same, but because of their lack of knowledge in gardening or because of inconsistent labor, their yield of fruit is disappointing.

This is much like our spiritual lives in that we eat the fruit of our labors. Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. (Psalms 128:1-2)

Instead of planning, planting and cultivating, we need to fear The Lord. Our fear of The Lord will affect our walk and lead us to follow his ways. The bounty that comes from these two is that we will eat the fruit of our labors, which will cause us to be happy and life will be good.

However in contrast, if we fail to fear The Lord and to walk in his ways, we also will eat the fruit of our labors. We also will fail to find happiness and life will not be good. The decision is ours and by whatever decision we choose to live, we shall eat the fruit of our labors. We may try to blame the undesirable fruit that we are forced to eat on God, circumstances or other people, but the gardener in our garden is us.

If you have weeds in your life’s garden, pull them up. Turn your heart away from your way and seek The Lord. Fear him and walk in his ways. The fruit that you yield will definitely be worth it.

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Two Steps To Being Happy (Psalm 119:1-2)

Everybody is in some way pursuing the same goal: they want to be happy. Many mistakenly think that money will bring happiness. So they strive for as much wealth as possible and come up empty. Others seek happiness in positions of power or by acquiring desired possessions, but again the results are short lived and disappointing. Still others turn to the vices of sin such as alcohol, drugs, and the various forms of promiscuous sex resulting with the same disappointment. If these are not the way to happiness, how can a person be happy?

True happiness, the kind that swells up into your heart and brings the satisfaction in life that you are looking for, comes from two practices. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. (Psalms 119:1-2)

A person will experience happiness that comes from God when they do not allow themselves to be defiled by the world around them. As they engage in life, these individuals battle to keep their acts aligned with God’s law and resist following the wrong examples set by the world. The second practice, which produces happiness, is to keep God’s word in your heart and to seek him with it. The word keep carries the idea of guarding or watching over something. If we guard the testimonies of The Lord in our hearts, it will enable us to seek him with our whole heart. This keeping and seeking brings the happiness that each person desires. We were created by God and because of that our happiness is dependent upon that relationship with him.

If you drift from this relationship, you drift from happiness. If you depart from following God’s laws and become defiled by the world, you lose happiness. Happiness can be obtained by the rich, poor, all nationalities, all age groups and intellects. God wants everybody to have it and everyone can by following two steps: stay true to God’s laws while resisting being defiled by the philosophy of the world and guard God’s testimonies in your heart.

Another Way To Happiness (Psalm 32:2)

Are you happy? I mean are you really happy? The Lord wants you to be happy and he has declared ways for you to find and enjoy this happiness. Many times when God speaks of happiness, he uses the word blessed. Probably one of the most familiar places in scripture which speaks of the believer being blessed is found in Psalm 1 which reads: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. This is a wonderful passages which highlights actions which bring to the believer the happy or blessed life as well as that which will bring judgment.

However, there is another passage in scripture which promises happiness to the believer and states that happiness is experienced when your sins are forgiven and covered. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” (Psalm 32:2)

Remember how happy you were when you first trusted Christ? Your sins had been removed as far as the east is from the west and you had been forgiven. The burden of sin was removed from your heart and for the first time you experienced true happiness. God wants us to continue having this happiness, but when we sin, we are robbed of it. The longer you remain in sin, the more deeply you will experience the loss of happiness. Possessions and experiences will not change your condition and make you happy because happiness is never found them. The way to regain the happiness is to acknowledge and confess your sin to God. (Psalm 32:5). If sins removes your happiness, then getting forgiveness will bring it back again.

As you find yourself struggling through life and seeming to have lost your happiness, you would be best to ask The Lord to show you if there is any hidden sin in your heart that needs to be confessed.

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