Hope for the Hopeless

Hope for the Hopeless

Hope for the Hopeless

This week’s verse from Psalm 1 describes people who are hopeless. They are different from the Christian who loves the Lord, loves His Word, and has the great hope of Heaven. In fact, God’s Word describes people who are without Christ as having no hope. Yet, the great promise from God is there is hope for the hopeless Note what Psalms 1:4 says…

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Psalms 1:4

The entire premise of this psalm rests on the fact that God’s Word is the source of all blessings and happiness in a person’s life. The man or woman who chooses to meditate day and night in God’s law is the man or woman who will prosper. Therefore, true happiness is dependent upon on how serious we are in knowing and obeying God’s Word. God’s people should revel in their desire to know God’s Word.

However, the ungodly person cares nothing about it. In fact, the ungodly (those who have no personal relationship with Christ) cannot know or even understand God’s Word. Consequently, in a spiritual sense, they are totally devoid of spiritual prosperity. They are completely opposite of the person who loves the Lord and delight in His Word. Instead of being like the tree planted by a river which is healthy and fruitful, they are like chaff.

Chaff is the dry, scaly protective casings that form around cereal grains like wheat. At the time of harvest, the wheat is winnowed allowing the dry, scaly casings to be separated from the grain. Chaff is worthless. It is nothing more than trash. Its only purpose is to protect the kernels of grain until it has matured. Then, when the grain is ready, chaff becomes useless. Chaff does not grow or become healthy. Chaff is unable to reproduce. It comes. It goes. No one remembers or even cares for it.

God’s analogy of the ungodly indicates that a person devoid of a personal relationship with Him is worthless. According to Scripture, everyone is born already separated from God. Thus, each person is destined to live their life and die with no hope of eternal life and no hope of Heaven. Their destiny is an eternity without God in a place called Hell. Their life is meaningless and without purpose. They are like chaff which come and go. Nothing is gained. Such a life is a life without hope.

There are many who live that way today. They go through life each searching for purpose. They look for that purpose in many things. Things like their job, their family, or their hobbies. Yet, we all know that none of those are truly fulfilling. There are many who are aimlessly wandering through life. They dread each day. Each day just becomes another day and another step towards death. Death is unavoidable. And, with that in mind, they try to drown out their sorrow and their hopeless state by turning to things like alcohol, drugs, and entertainment. Yet, their feelings haunt them leading them to think that all is hopeless.

However, may I say to you that there is HOPE. You see the hope is that God can change all that. He can take your life and give it meaning. He can give you purpose. Instead of being chaff, God can completely change you. You can become like the tree planted by a river that is spiritually healthy and fruitful. Additionally, you can know with great surety that you will live eternally with Him.

Great spiritual change begins with you trusting the promises of God’s Word. Again, it is God’s Word upon which we must delight and meditate. Thus, you must accept and believe these four things from God’s Word…

  • God Loves You“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
  • Everyone is a Sinner“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
  • Sin Has a Price That MUST Be Paid“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
  • Jesus Christ Died and Rose Again to Pay for YOUR Sin“But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while were yet sinners, Christ died of us.” (Romans 5:8)

If you simply pray and ask Jesus Christ, God’s Son, to be your savior and claim His promise of eternal life, you will be completely changed. In order to that, Scriptures says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” True blessing and happiness come when a person is obedient to God’s Word. You can experience that blessing and happiness by taking the first step of obedience and placing your trust in Christ as Savior.

We would love to help you. In fact, our greatest desire is to know Christ and make Him known at Calvary Baptist Church. For that reason, we would love to help you make sure of your relationship with God. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Our email address is calvarybaptistbedford@outlook.com and our telephone number is 540.486.3434. It is our desire to help you know Christ and make Him known around the world.

God’s Word – The Source of Happiness

The Source of Happiness

God’s Word is the Source of Happiness.

Our text today tells us that God’s Word is the source of happiness.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1:3
One of my favorite things in life is trees. Right now, we are entering that time of the year when the trees begin to bud, and their leaves start to come back. Outside my office is a beautiful purple plum tree. Every year around this time it sprouts tiny little buds that are pink. It makes the entire tree look as if it is covered with pink snow. There is almost a pink glow to it.
God gives us a picture of a tree in Psalm 1:3. It is a tree that is enjoying perpetual health. Note that it is “planted by the rivers of water.” Being near the river means that it has a continued source of water which is essential for its health and productivity. In fact, God goes on to describe that tree as one that always brings “forth his fruit in his season.” It is a tree whose “leaf also shall not wither.” It is an extremely healthy tree producing fruit and always prospering.
If you go back to verse 2, you might remember that God describes happy people as those who “delight” in His law. He says they are the people who “meditate day and night” in His law. God desires that each of us be happy. He also desires that we be prosperous and healthy. To be spiritually healthy and prosperous means that we must be “planted” near the continuous source of spiritual nutrients. For this reason, it is imperative that we plant ourselves next to God’s Word. It is the source by which we grow spiritually.
If you desire to be truly happy and to be spiritually fruitful, then you must be in God’s Word day and night. You must live your life in tune with God’s Word. Without it, you will wither, and you will cease to produce fruit that is pleasing unto God. May I suggest that you determine to spend each day reading, learning, and knowing the Word of God. If you will keep yourself planted by its waters, there is no doubt that is will be the source that keeps you spiritually healthy. You will become a beautiful tree that is producing fruit, that does not wither when the storms of life come, and everything you do for Him will prosper.
If you are seeking true happiness, you can find it in God’s Word. We would love to help you. In fact, our greatest desire is to know Christ and make Him known at Calvary Baptist Church. For that reason, we would love to help you make sure of your relationship with God. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Our email address is calvarybaptistbedford@outlook.com and our telephone number is 540.486.3434. You can hear sermons by Pastor John by clicking here.

Finding True Happiness – Part 2

Happiness is found in God's Word

Finding True Happiness

So many people as seeking true happiness. Yet, it seems to be very hard to find for most. However, God’s Word tells us that we can find true happiness. Finding true happiness begins with an understanding of our relationship with God, the Creator of the Universe.

In Psalm 1, God tells us…

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalms 1:2

God is talking about the “blessed” person. The word “blessed” literally means “happiness.” Thus, God is talking about people who are truly happy.

The person who hangs with sinful people doing sinful things is not going to be happy. Verse one is very clear in that matter. Instead, a happy or blessed person is one who “delights” in the LORD’s law.

The Hebrew word “delight” means “pleasure.” Happy people are people who take great pleasure in knowing, reading, and studying God’s law. We know that God’s Word contains God’s Law. Therefore, any person who delights or takes pleasure in God’s Word will be a happy person. There are many things that people take great pleasure in these days. Many find pleasure striving to live a life of leisure. For them, leisure is a pleasure. Some find pleasure in materials goods and/or accumulation of wealth. Yet, others seek pleasure in the number of friends that can have or find.

Unfortunately, all these pleasures are temporary. They are only pleasurable for a short time. In the end, most people who delight in such things wake up one day realizing that you are not truly happy. The things of this world and this life cannot provide the happiness that only God can provide. Which brings us back to the Psalm 1:2. Happy people find pleasure in God’s Word. Consequently, they pursue God’s Word.

Note that this verse tells us that happy people delight in God’s law constantly. God says they “meditate day and night.” Again, going back to the Hebrew, we find a different understanding of the word “meditate” than today’s definition. We think of meditating as to ponder, to think about, to muse upon. Immediately in our minds we envision sitting in a room on the floor with our legs crossed and our Bibles in our laps just thinking about God’s Word with our eyes closed.

Yet, that is not the meaning of the Hebrew word for “meditate” found in this verse. Instead, we find that it means to moan, to growl, to utter, or to speak. You see happy people are people who delight in God’s Word so much that they are continually speaking it day and night. We are to speak it to ourselves, to God and to others. In the morning, we are to utter its profound wisdom. During the day, we are chattering its words of encouragement to everyone we meet. And, at night before our heads hit the pillow, we are to once again read it and speak it assuring us that God is God and He is in complete control.

If you are seeking true happiness, may we suggest that you look for it in God’s Word? Find a Bible, open it, and begin speaking it so that you hear it as well as others. We would love to help you. In fact, we love speaking the Word of God at Calvary Baptist Church. And, we would love to help you make sure of your relationship with God. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Our email address is calvarybaptistbedford@outlook.com and our telephone number is 540.486.3434. It is our desire to help you know Christ and make Him known around the world.