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Why Am I Not Happy? Part 2

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July 2, 2020 9:00 am

Why Am I Not Happy? Part 2

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July 2, 2020 9:00 am

If there’s one thing that everyone wants in life, it’s happiness. And yet, for so many people, happiness seems like a pipe dream. We either spend our whole lives chasing the next thrill, never completely satisfied, or we end up settling for comfort and trying to drown out the nagging sense that we’re meant for more. As he continues our study in Psalms called Question Everything, Pastor J.D. describes the solution.

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Today on the MetLife with Jamie Greer 611 in your presence is fullness of joy right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Joy means joy that cannot be greater pleasures for evermore means joy that cannot last longer the greatest joy last the longest time is found in God. I know that because I tasted just a smidgen of not much but I know where it's found a note of the only way you ever get to get it is when you go all in with him. Everyone want in life for so many people seems like a pipe dream. We either spend our whole lives chasing the next round never completely satisfied or we went for comfort and try to drown out the nagging sense that were probably not for so much more.

So what's the solution Pastor JD Greer answers that question today on Senate life continues our new series called Russian everything pastor JD titled this message from Psalm one why am I not happy happy life is ask you straight up directly this weekend. Are you happy right now in a situation where you are in life. Are you happy.

I told one Christian girl who was a very committed Christian and 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 that you're unhappy. The next asked a question a different way.

If life did not change at all for you.

Can you be happy with life.

The entire book of Psalms opens with the word happy.

In fact we haven't done so already, take outs, you have a Bible open it up to the book of Psalms 5 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 Psalm one is about and scholar say that because the Psalm is the opening to the whole book of Psalms there putting the bear 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 Psalm chapter 1 explains that happiness is neither inevitable nor unattainable. It is possible right. 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 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. 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 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 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 had not 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 because 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, we 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 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 wine and grain overflow 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 seasons of drought and deepen your joy because it's him go seasons that you learn to drive your roots deeper into Christ and go 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 want to 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 grain want here great. What is not great because I got God never changes.


B. 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, that 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 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 utility that begins to press and on you if your life has no anchor outside of itself. It's chaff it has no real prominence. Every pleasure is fleeting. Psalms 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 a 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 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 a prophet.

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 for 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. The book of Psalms there 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 and 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 Psalm, 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 belong the arms of the Ritz out of the red to the old south of the old some of the words he's 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 shaped by the gospel.

The gospel must become an anchor for your soul, with roots that go so deep that whatever seasons you pass through. Whether a winter of loneliness drought of depression storm of temptation. Whatever season you have an anchor that keeps your soul steadfast like this them the secret to happiness is driving your roots deep into the gospel.

The secret to happiness is not knowing the gospel is not going to church if not being a Christian. It's driving your roots the roots of your soul deep in the gospel to the drought and winter cannot tell you in light of that some of you need to get a lot more serious about two things in your life you need to get a lot more serious about two things here that are number one. You gotta get a lot more serious about the word of God to reserve verse two, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on that law he meditates day and night's you know why he meditates on a day and night because his delight is in it because when you delight in something you have to be told to think about all the time you do it naturally right after Sullivan Veronica, I thought about her all the time.

At any given point exit what you found out I would say it's Veronica which you write me a letter I would be at five, six, 700 times I would meditate on her day and night because she brought my soul delight. The idea is that the word of God become such a delight to you that it frees you from the seductions of the world that you escape the pleasures of the world because you got a greater pleasure in the word is because you turn your eyes upon Jesus and look full in his wonderful face and the things of our beginning to strangely dip in the light of his glory and grace. Here's the tragedy you never experienced that with the word of God. The word is just a religious duty to you is something you put on a checklist yet another thing for you to feel guilty about. I don't read the Bible enough to listen to podcast for the workout is that a music how to memorize enough Scripture and is something that you feel guilty about in your like I got a get better at doing that but there's no delight in it and because of that your Christianity has no joy. It has impermanence that has no endurance. Listen to Jonathan Edwards on there were solicitous sometimes only mentioning a single word of the gospel will cause my heart to burn it in me only seeing the name of Christ for hearing some attribute of God suddenly makes my heart burst into flames and in that moment, God appears glorious to me, making me have the most exalting thoughts of him when I enjoy the sweetness.

It seems to carry me above the thoughts of my own estate. It seems that at such times. I'm at a loss that I cannot bear it and I cannot even bring myself to take my eye away from this glorious beautiful object and bring it back to myself my own boring interests because you?

You ever experienced anything like that with God's Vioxx when I help anybody of significant have you ever experienced that kind of desire with God literally unthinkable level brother Lawrence that is 16th-century monk was a dishwasher at his monastery. One little short book on the practice of the presence of God in my copy of the book. I have one section underlined. It is the section I find myself attached to God with greater sweetness and delight, then an infant suckling at his mother's breast. I have at times such delicious thoughts on God that I'm ashamed to mention them not sticking it to a whole new level and that level is called the land of awkward rice you can get past the imagery there. Do you have anything like that in your God. The reason many of you struggle spiritually is that you don't know anything about showing God and I'm telling you will only escape the pleasures of the world. When you have found a greater pleasure in the word live that last verse, verse six the Lord knows the way of the righteous death. The psalmist trump card that would know is a Hebrew word And is a word that means experiential knowledge it's used for romantic knowledge, even sexual knowledge is a euphemism in the Old Testament when a man and his wife consummate their marriage and Adam His wife Eve. They got married yada yada that's what you're talking about right and what the psalmist says is God. My greatest joy is that I know you and that you know me you are intimately tied to my soul. You are my joy is in light of you that all the rest of the things of the world begin to fade and there's told you but on my wedding day. I was this a few months ago my wedding day 14 years ago when we turned around and they just pronounces man wife, looking at this audience that was there to see us get married. There were a couple girls in that audience that I think that at some point.

I've been interested in having any been out of one of them at one point but I can promise you on that day. I was not one wall math dimly. She got away, and she is so good-looking now anything about the ones I missed because I was enraptured with the one I had and it was in light of my delight in her that the attractions of other girls lost all their power over me. The psalmist is like that with God.

Some of you have never gotten to that and that's why you struggle so much spiritually. That's why your Christian life is cold and it's dead. You sit with JD. I would love to feel that way about God I love you like a Latino suckling baby in my mother's breast.

But you know I would say like that but I just don't but also what I do what I do first thing you do just confess your cold that hard to God because he some of learned after two decades to be a Christian. Our Lord Jesus never turns away sick person to come to him for healing. Not once you bring your cold sick dad hard and you say what's wrong with my sick dad heart. There is a Savior who will never turn you away and you come to him as a god, my heart is broken it desires so many things beside you if you've never gotten healing from Jesus because you've never been honest with them. You want to keep pretending that your heart is okay.

It's not okay. That's what Jesus had to die for it and so you bring that that hard to God you say would you sprinkle your blood up on this hard to make it new. There is a prayer that I have prayed over the years. It's written by him and AW toes are in a book called the pursuit of God and what AW toes or says in this in the things he says he said is that he said Lord Jesus.

I've tasted your goodness and it is most satisfied me and left me thirsty for more. I am painfully aware of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire for you. Oh God, I want to want you oh God, I long to be filled with longing.

Oh God, I am thirsty to be made thirsty or still God call me out of this desert wasteland that I prefer to live in and the luscious pastors of your presence.

I pray that prayer because my heart is not what it should be in my heart very quickly get reattached to the pleasures of the world and I bring my sick dad heart to God over and over again and I say God, would you please heal. It is God turn away those who bring dead things to him. So after you confess that the handouts were some of you start they need to do what he says in verse two, you begin to meditate on the word you see it on his law he meditates day and night that Hebrew word for meditate literally literally means mumble to yourself what it means in Hebrew means you become I want crazy people walk around talking yourself all the time you like what you doing I am working it out for myself. Your mumblings years I've heard one scholar compared this to how et al., choose the card you know how this works so Cal gets up in the morning each much grass lays down take a nap.

He also wife yes me eat take a nap right you get up two hours later and he froze up the grass of the 80 regurgitated call because I'd choose on for little while longer. Sycamore nutrients out of it.

Then he swallows again, take another nap gets out two hours later there is a back up, choose it does it for about God really sucked out every bit a nutrient out of the grass in the psalmist to say that's all you gotta approach the word of God.

Write this down read your Bible like a cow you have never heard another sermon application that ended with like Mattel have you as a first read your Bible like a cow. Meditate on it, review it throwing up regurgitated sought every bit of it that you can get out of it because you will only delight in the word. When you meditate on it and it saturate your soul. That's why you gotta get a lot more serious about the word of God, that you gotta read it. You gotta memorize it, you got it you got you got a study in small groups.

You gotta meditate on it when life cuts you. It's gotta be floating your vein so that you believe God's word. It's gotta be so close to the surface that would like shakes you.

That's what comes out. That's why I'm telling you to get serious about hearing a sermon once a week from a guy who does know the word might inspire you, but it's not going to put joy in your soul when you go to the winter and when you go to the drought is really a lot more serious about the word with teacher number two getting a lot more serious about the church. Teresa don't stand a way of sinners or find your place among the scoffers you know I says that casinos of sermons can inspire you, but your community that shapes you finances it this way your friends are your future. You, your friends are in future you know what you would like in the future as your friends in the present to come in here want a wing here make it a religious Thought might inspire you with you. I know what you like in two years.

Put in a frenzy around and you have a community that saves you not communities. The people of God. Parents your kids friends are the future them and I want to tell you listen here in a religious once away from an awesome youth pastor is not going to make a difference for them spiritually. It's when the church of the people of God become their community. The church should not be an event that you and your family attend occasionally on the weekend. It should be your community.

It should be where you stand should be where you said you should walk in the way of the people of God should bind your seat among the people that know God your best and your deepest relationship should be here. So how do I do that you begin the volunteer that's a great way for you to get to know other people and we could actually use the help you can volunteer here you can join the church that the novel concept is in it right you got to join is what we call some of you common-law members. As you shack up with us on the weekend but it's never actually made it official. You need to join the church and become a part of this community right you could get involved in a small group your AA and get to know people studying the word you get your kids involved in the student ministry you want to be happy.

If you want to be happy and devote yourself to the word of God and the people of God.

You see, here's what is what I know some 611 in your presence of the fullness of joy in your right hand are pleasures for evermore fullness of joy means joy that cannot be greater pleasures for evermore means joy that cannot last longer the greatest joy that last the longest time is found in God.

I know that because I tasted just a smidgen of it, not even that much but I know where it's found a note that the only way you're ever to get it is when you go all in with him.

Charles Spurgeon said the most miserable unhappy person of the world.

Listen to this most miserable unhappy person in the world's that have committed Christian because he is just enough in the presence of God miserable the world and just enough in the world that is miserable in the presence of God. So I will say to hate to you what he said his congregation you want to go with Jesus all the way go deeper go home, drive your roots deep in the word of God and the people of God or just take your toys and go somewhere else because your gear using miserable coming to hear me once a week. That's all you do miserable because that's not what walking with God is you cannot be serious about a relationship with God.

You will have a deep commitment to the word of God. The people of God and did not open some your face but it's the gospel through you are not serious about your relationship with God. If you do not have a deep commitment to the word of God. God you want to be happy. Go big codeine is not he puts before us. Two ways to live which way you live will be having going to happen. Drive your roots of your soul deep in the gospel were only way to truly trying deep into the gospel are missing every day here on Senate life to listen again to this message from our serious question everything to catch up on any previous messages, visit JD Pastor Jenny we all have so many questions. Write about life, about the Bible and in our new series you answer some of those questions that keep us up at night right well yeah I know what you Gemini between the series were work on the search question everything looking at and some of the relevant problems of the day and finding that ironically were surprisingly these questions are answered in an ancient book of Psalms called the book of Psalms should blown away at how your songs that were written 3000 years ago help us answer questions today like like my life feels like it's boring and meaningless and didn't have any purpose, and sometimes these questions are a big question sometimes. Sometimes we just need to be able to better know how to articulate what we know to be true.

And that's with the series I think is really, really, how, and hopefully be helpful for people with we created a new resource to go along with this talk about here, but it's it's it's called honest questions. Quick answers come from a podcast that I do called ask anything we do to common questions I get from listeners and we try to give 70 minute answers not from a theologian, but more just for how would you answer this somebody was asking you to beat your kid or a neighbor or somebody questions in a just tough questions that we get asked about Christian life or Christian beliefs. We would love to give you a copy that it's the first of its kind that were putting out took 20 of the best of these questions and the answers and put them together and in this this this volume think it will be helpful. Would love to give you a copy. Just as a thank you gift for partnering with us here at Summit life and ministry. You can get it. As always, but wanted JD JV GRE Let us get your copy just really comes with our thanks Downing to support this ministry suggested level of $25 or more. You can get honest questions and answers by calling 866-586-6335 21 requested when you go online to our website. JD I'm only minutes inviting you to join us tomorrow we will be looking for answers the question wrong. Listen Friday to Senate life by Katie

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