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Why Am I Not Happy?

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July 1, 2020 9:00 am

Why Am I Not Happy?

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July 1, 2020 9:00 am

In a brand new study in the book of Psalms called Question Everything, we’re discovering how an ancient book of music lyrics can help us answer some of the most pressing questions on our hearts, like, “Why am I not happy?” and “Does my life have a purpose?” 

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Today on centerline, a new study from pastor Jeannie Greer Psalm chapter 1 explains that happiness is neither inevitable nor unattainable. It is possible bundling is you that are new to church entirely in your like what are the Psalms saw him is the Hebrew word for song.

So the book of Psalms is like the hundred 50 greatest hits of ancient Israel. The Bible teaching ministry of pastor, author and theologian Jeannie Greer and Molly that events are kicking off a brand-new study in the book of Psalms called question everything were discovering how an ancient book of music lyrics can actually answer some of the most pressing questions on our hearts. Questions that people been asking for the beginning of time, you might be surprised by the answers. So grab your Bible and turn to the book of Psalms as pastor Janie looked at the first question at hand. Why am I not happy on the book of Psalms to see how an Old Testament book that's written nearly 3000 years ago deals with some of the most existential questions that we asked today. The first question that were going to get to the question why am I not happy why my not happy. A lot of us I think our thinking about the, shall we say the enigma of happiness with the tragic death of Robin Williams, a guy who spent most of his life trying to make others happy, but was apparently so unhappy in his own life that he chose the end it and I realize that there are some pretty severe neurological medical issues that were contributing is is depression. I'm not trying to brush over those, but very sad situation. I met a lot of people asked the question, what is it mean to be happy can you be happy if so, how Lauren but call who was they say the last of the golden era Hollywood actresses. Goldner, like Humphrey Bogart and Judy Garland. I'm sure the last one living and she passed away on the article, but I was reading about her said that she all of her life went 30 cycles of happiness and despair. Can you be truly happy in life is ask you straight up directly this weekend.

Are you happy right now in this situation, and where you are in life are you happy. I told one Christian girl who was very committed Christian. I'm very active in the church you said. I'm not sure I've ever totally been happy you're the kind of person that goes up and down your happy one moment, one season, then you're unhappy. The next asked a question a different way.

If life did not change at all for you from this moment forward. By that I mean your situation didn't improve your marital status didn't change your career did not progress. Your body doesn't feel any substantially better than it does now.

Can you be happy with life Google auto complete verifies that this is a very pressing question whenever I want to know what everybody really think that the screw type in a sentence on Google and see how it finishes it so I know with the world wanted to know you're a Google auto complete completed the how can I be happy is the very first one. How can I be sure a second. How can I be saved about stop messages in your heart is to be the answer that would how can I become a bola lyrics that was before my computer and then how can I did pretty full disclosure, I was actually looking up. How can I be pretty when I discovered that but nonetheless you see, how can I be happy is a very important question that people want to to know the entire book of Psalms opens with the word happy. In fact we haven't done so already, take out yellow Bible open it up to the book of Psalms you have an actual real Bible with a single paper in it. If you open it right in the middle.

It should open the book of Psalms.

If you open your Bible to the middle and it's like someone first Corinthians then you have a New Testament only an Psalms of apelike tack. I begin but find it five Psalm chapter 1 because Psalms opens with the word happy. Psalms 11 Blessed is the man blessed in the Hebrew language is the word asked Ray, which literally means happy.

That's what someone is about and scholar say that because the Psalm is the opening to the whole book of Psalms there putting it there because it captures what the dominant themes of the book of Psalms. 26 times in the book of Psalms the writers are to deal with the question of can we be happy, truly happy, and if so how now I know that at this point about you all, roll your eyes internally and say the pastors asking us how can we be happy one for screws or Jesus you know you like this is too easy, man, remind me to first grader who you know is in Sunday school and his teacher says what's gray has four paws and a bushy tail and the firsters like sound like a squirrel but were in Sunday schools of the answer has to be Jesus, and you like I had notice what you say I understand you think I meant to say that but on the Psalm is a lot more complex than that and it's not nearly that simplistic. So at least tear this out, I've heard it said that when you're young you think happiness is inevitable that you're going to find that special person.

You're going to get into that fulfilling job if you'll be patient.

Happiness is just around the corner.

It's common life is going to be good. Happiness is inevitable, but by the time you get older it's gone from happiness is inevitable to happiness being you think unattainable. I've heard it described as the difference between two of Shakespeare's most famous plays. Much ado about nothing, and Hamlet. How much ado about nothing. If you've read or seen that one basically at the end of much ado about nothing. Everybody gets to come home nobody gets to marry who they wanted to marry the person they thought was dad was really alive person about the trade-in did not, you betray them and everyone lives happily ever after you got Hamlet blasting the Hamlet everybody dies bitterly disappointed by the way spoiler alerts in case you haven't seen those when you're young and nave you think life is essentially much ado about nothing. It's headed toward happiness as you get older, you begin to think that it's much more like Hamlet Psalm chapter 1 explains that happiness is neither inevitable nor unattainable. It is possible right. Psalm one.

Following is you that are new to church entirely in your like what are put Psalms Psalm is the Hebrew word for song. So the book of Psalms is like the hundred 50 greatest hits of ancient Israel were going to look at a few of them for member of the next few weeks so Psalm one verse one. Happy is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on that law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season. If sleep is not whether and in all that he does, he prospers the ungodly are not so the ungodly are like the chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly, will perish. This Psalm contrasts the godly with the ungodly, those who walk with God. The psalmist says are like trees that are planted near streams of water that have deep roots that bear fruit, year after year and prosper in all that they do the ungodly.

By contrast, are like chaff chaff was the very fragile shell that went around a wheat seed was very light insubstantial about the way they were separate the wheat from the chaff as they would put in the basket and they would throw it up and even the slightest breeze would carry away the chaff so that only the wheat seed would fall back down into the basket.

The psalmist uses this metaphor of a tree and chaff to show you why those who know God can be happy in a way that those who do not know God cannot be happy. He identifies two things that people usually look to to make them happy.

That cannot in fact make them happy at all price if you take a note. Write this down is A, you won't be happy. He says when your happiness is based on circumstances, you won't be happy when your happiness is based on circumstances you see all the psalmist in verse three seems to assume that your life goes through seasons you have spring some summer seasons were the environment is favorable when you got winter seasons that threatened to kill you. You will have drought seasons that threatened to starve you. You cannot cut out the drought and winter seasons from life and if your happiness is dependent on you being in a spring season. Happiness will always be elusive to you. If your happiness is dependent on you getting into and staying in a spring season of marriage. It depends on you getting into a wonderful summer of your career if it means getting into a great summer of retirement. Then you will always find happiness to be elusive. I've been reading a book by Tim Keller called walking with God. The pain and suffering Keller.

This book says that the modern approach to happiness is to remove any and all suffering, so avoid pain and if you can avoid it. Sedate eliminate disease become an activist and try to eliminate, eradicate disease, discomfort and injustice and these are good and worthy goals and often very Christian goals, but Keller says listen, no amount of money power in planning can prevent bereavement dire illness relationship. The trail financial disaster or a host of other troubles from entering your life.

Human life is fatally fragile, and subject to forces beyond our power to manage, we will never succeed as a human race at removing all pain and suffering not in this age, not in the next stage not to 10 ages. After that we have that will so if your whole strategy for being happy is getting and staying into a summer season you will fail and for many of you that is entirely your strategy for getting happiness is simply to get yourself into a season of life where things are good and he's saying that will fail because life has seasons. I know that some of you will lose all respect for me here, but to see how our culture deals with happiness.

I went and looked up on wiki how which is the great repository the collective wisdom of the human race. How to be happy here. The top eight ways wiki how identifies you should be happy. Number one piece of counsel. Be optimistic. So if you life is a huge mess with no promise that anything is good. Change in the future.

Just ignore those facts and just assume it is going to get better club along if you feel like that's what you want to do so.

Someone pooped on your front porch free fertilizer right how many things in life, as I don't work for how many things in life. It might work for people in your front porch with you work for everything. Number two follow your gut culture that's great advice right but your heart is deceitful above all things, Jeremiah says, and desperately wicked.

But by all means follow your heart does that will make you happy is everyone who follows their heart becomes happy Miley Cyrus write number 30 yourself under so many don't apologize for who you are because you're also but what if in fact you are awesome. And what if you have a lot of serious flaws that seriously need addressing well that the tough questions Ignore that move on number four make enough money to meet basic needs. That's great until you can or you don't because you lost your job.

By the way most of the unhappy people that I know personally have their basic needs that are met. Number five. Treat your body like it deserves to be happy because you know cancer never big hits, happy people only gives unhappy people's metalwork number six stay close to family and friends must are jerks. Of course, what if your family and friends dessert you.

You should've chosen better family and friends.number seven have deep meaningful conversations unless you're depressed or sad because then I can be a real drag number eight smile that's right. If all else fails, fake it.

Just make it. Jerseys of the best we have. That is the collective wisdom of the human race on how to be happy.

By the way there's other comments after the eight points work this morning with the elders were mine. I tried to enter them to sleep in the Getting deleted by somebody else and with you how our culture's approach to happiness is built on the idea that we get the word happy from budget happy in the English language comes from the root word to get the word happening from so you are happy with what you want to happen happens what you want to happen happens you're not happy with the psalmist is talking about is joy which is different. Joy goes deeper than the circumstances and your happenings because it has a source of joy that is not dependent on your happenings.

Let me just ask you is your happiness depended on your happenings. You need something deeper. If you're really going to be happy. You need something deeper than your happenings. You need roots that go deeper into something that can endure both spring and winter seasons. Later in in the Psalms King David would say this on 47 you have put more joy in my heart then Day the ungodly have with their grain and wine abounds.

In other words, I got more joy in God and people have when their whining grain overflow and when I'm in a season migraine and why don't about.

I still have God and he's a better source of joy when I do have grain and wine. Listen to this for the Christian seasons of drought to actually deepen your joy which is totally counterintuitive. The people but seasons of drought and deepen your joy because it's him go seasons that you learn to drive your roots deeper into Christ and in those seasons were Christ is all that you have defined. Indeed, that he is all you need.

And so when you go through a season of drought or winter and you drive your roots deep into the gospel into God when you find it when you're whining grain come back to real joy is not in them anyway and I David you say I got more joy God that I do ingrain a wide grin want here great. What is not great because I got God never changes.

B. B. He says you will be happy when you have no anchor point outside yourself not to be happy.

If you have no anchor point outside yourself, verse four. Five.

The happy man. He says like a tree with deep roots that anchor him this attached one of our culture's most cherished myths that myth is the belief that happiness comes from complete freedom. You'll be happy of the myth goes when you answer to no one when you're free to make all your own rules to define real meaning when you're like a room without a roof. That's when you're happy.

CS Lewis compared this to the Fisher decides that he wants to be free by escaping the confines of water is flowing on the ocean is tired of all the tight confines of the ocean and so he says I'm sick of this. I'm going to jump out of your free fish on the land so he hops on the shore. Is he free from syphilis as a sort of but is to be happy not for very long. Right because he's a fish this design for water so he is freest and happiest when he's in the environment it was designed for the fish was designed for water. Lewis said the human soul is designed for God.

Therefore, you will be freest and you will be happiest when you're anchored in the thing that God has designed you to begin a tree without roots is Tumbleweed Tumbleweed. In some ways is freer than a tree. But is it happier I would suggest not how the psalmist unpacks this verse for the ungodly.

The ungodly by contrast or not.

So they like chaff wind drives away when not anchored into something outside of ourselves. There comes a point in your life what you just go your forgotten nothing.

You did matter just blow away. Life is a tale told by idiots.

And fury signifying nothing is Shakespeare someday. This is the third reference to Shakespeare right, but there's no real justice in life. There's no real answer for this yearning in your heart for meaning and eternity to here what happens when you begin to think of life that way and incredible despair starts to encroach over your heart sing or not I can have fun while I'm here, you know yellow then you die right now that will work for a while when you're young and nave, but as you begin to get older you will have to start fighting all this suffocating futility that begins to press and on you don't have my word for that you like you're in your 20s what you know about that. You're so young man think though the words of Leo Tolstoy.

Lewis also was he was a rusted novelist. He read war and peace. Anna Karenina just came a movie.

Leo Tolstoy, Rhoda's autobiography is called confessions and in their he talks about something that happened him that he said was completely surprising. It happened in his mid-to-late 50s. He said I was in a situation in life where everything was like. It should be. He said my books are selling like crazy. I never have to write another word and not be a wealthy man. He said I had a great marriage.

My kids love me. He said my reputation. These are the critics love me. He said my I was physically strong. I felt good. I was an iron travels a rock didn't say that, but he knew he ease everything was good is for this question in my 50s Pressing in on my heart. It brought me to the verge of suicide demanded an answer about which I can't really live. The question is there any meaning in my life that my inevitable death will not erase today or tomorrow.

He says death will come to those that I love and then it will come to me soon. Not only will I not exist, but no one will exist.

It remembers anything that I have said or done. So why then go on with the effort. I've always wanted to have my like to have a meaning, but what's it all for what's all leading to what difference does it make whether or not I do this thing without thing or nothing at all for a time it was possible for me to live intoxicated with the wife will being young, but as soon as one is sober. That's called getting older, it is impossible not to see that life in the face of death is a fraud and a stupid fraud that how often I've been told you cannot understand the meaning of life, so anything about it just live. I can no longer do that, nor can anybody really thinks about anything if your life has no anchor outside of itself. It's chaff it has no real prominence. Every pleasure is fleeting. It's full of sound and fury, a tale told by an idiot, idiot, signifying nothing. Psalmist goes on verse five. The ungodly will not survive the judgment. In other words, not only is life your meaningless even worse at the end of a meaningless life, you stand under judgment is in the Bible says it is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgment which means that one day you will stand before the Almighty God and his throne and you will give an answer for your life and you will hear one of two words forgiven or condemned. What's it going to be like for you in that moment. What is it like if you gain everything that you wanted in life. What if you did manage to keep yourself in a summer season the stand before the throne of God in here that one word verdict on your life condemn what would it profit. Jesus said a man for him to gain the whole world and lose his soul.

What would you give in exchange for your soul. Think about his logic right what drain that you obtain on earth White House what pleasure, what possession what relationship are you going to say is worth the trade of your so eternity the psalmist could not have been more clear in laid out two very distinct ways to live pretty.

This is the famous can appear over and over in the book of Psalms are two ways to live and you gotta choose one of the to the man who knows God lives with an abundant, never ceasing source of joy that endures throughout all the seasons of his life and when he dies, he is received into eternal glory, the ungodly live with an increasingly suffocating sense of futility. Every pleasure is fleeting.

They have no recourse in pain they find of deeper meaning in suffering and when they die they go into judgment. There are two ways to live. Which of these two ways would you choose to live now psalmist is one of the thing in the solemn and only take a few minutes to show it to you before we close because he reveals to you the secrets to really being happy. It's not enough to simply be a Christian manner.

Try Jesus serve go to church or let go and let God or whatever you want to say you the secrets in verse one. Watch this Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly councils how you how you think, right, nor stands in the way of sinners way of sinners is how you live, nor sits in the seat of scoffers and those days where you sat is where you thought you belonged the arms of the Ritz out of the red to the old south of the old celebrity saying where you choose to find your identity where you how you think how you live where you base your identity. Here's what he say let your mind, your behaviors and your identity be shaped by the word of God. It's not enough to come to church.

It's not to be a Christian. It's not enough to be religious, or even be saved. You have to drive the roots of your soul deep into the gospel so that your thinking, your actions and your identity are all shaded by the gospel. The gospel must become an anchor for your soul, with roots that goes so deep that whatever seasons you pass through.

Whether a winter of loneliness, a drought of depression storm of temptation.

Whatever season you have an anchor that keeps your soul steadfast.

Write this down. The secret to happiness is driving your roots deep into the gospel will hold your paresis to hand not let you go much needed reminder today on Senate life pastor JD Greer. This is the first message in our brand-new series called question everything were here every day on the radio and glad to help you dive deeper into the gospel in case he joined is a little late. You can always catch all of Ginny's messages it's a joy to make all of our gospel centered resources available free of charge only possible thanks to listeners like you. You are getting help cover the cost of producing and distributing these programs and for that were so grateful to show our thanks Wendy Downey today suggested getting level of $25 or more in your copy of the new book by pastor JD called honest questions and answers about 20 tough question like how should Christian thing about politics and where should Christians send their kids to school and then when asking questions led wealthy lifestyle answers to some of them are black and white. Most of the higher you to think for yourself what you believe in there so many questions and issues out there might not be able to find a direct first answer, but they are still biblical guidelines and wisdom. And that's what this but Desmond 20 of those questions asked for copy of honest questions quick answers by pastor Janie when he began by calling 866-335-2868 335.

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We will learn more about the biblical recipe for happiness are so many people. True happiness seems like. So with the solution.

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