1. Hello our listening friends,
2. We are delighted that you tuned in to this broadcast.
3. We have been looking at Psalm 126,
4. And this Psalm is helping us define happiness.
5. We saw in the last broadcast that happiness is freedom.
6. But what is freedom?
7. The Bible said in John 8:36,
8. If the son therefore shall make you free you are free indeed.
9. When Jesus saves you,
10. He not only saves you from the punishment of sin,
11. He saves you from the power of sin,
12. Sin has no dominance over you anymore.
13. And you are free to be truly happy.
14. If you are listening to this broadcast for the first time,
15. We are in the middle of a series of messages from the Psalms.
16. And last time we began to define happiness by studying Psalm 126.
17. Let us read it together once again.
18. In verse 1, 2, and 3 we learned that happiness is freedom.
19. Christ frees us from the bondage of sins power,
20. So that we can live a new life in freedom.
21. Paul tells us in Colossians chapter 1 verse 13,
22. That Jesus delivered us from the power of Satan.
23. In I Corinthians chapter 10 verse 13 he says,
24. Jesus enables us to live in victory over temptation.
25. Now my listening friend, of course, let me caution you here,
26. Freedom is not being able to do whatever you want to do.
27. Doing whatever you want could be your most terrible bondage.
28. Many people feel that they are trapped in their situation.
29. And they want to flee from where God has placed them.
30. But the Bible teaches that true freedom is in obedience to God.
31. Real joy is in submission to the will of God.
32. Never forget the price of your freedom.
33. It cost God the very precious blood of his son.
34. Our freedom in Christ is free but it is not cheap.
35. Yes my friend, happiness is freedom.
36. But secondly happiness is fullness.
37. In verse 4 the Psalmist gets out of the gate of Jerusalem,
38. Then he moves south into the land known as the Negev.
39. Now the word Negev is a Hebrew word meaning dry.
40. The south of Palestine is dry because it’s close to the Sinai desert.
41. And during the dry season in that region,
42. The riverbeds would be exposed.
43. They would be empty and dry with the ground cracking.
44. And when the rain comes, the water course would fill to overflowing.
45. And it looks absolutely gorgeous.
46. And the people of God saw their captivity as the dry season,
47. They saw it as a season of desperation,
48. So they were asking God to fill the rivers and the streams with his blessing.
49. Spiritually speaking the dry and empty water course in the desert is very much like our world today.
50. Where we know the price of everything yet we understand not the values of things.
51. These days are like the days of the prophet Jeremiah.
52. When he cried out saying, my people have committed two evils,
53. They have forsaken their fountain of living water,
54. In forsaking God they began to dig some cisterns, cisterns that are dry broken and cannot hold water.
55. My beloved friend, listen carefully,
56. Education and social reformation are not the answer to our world today.
57. Our problem is a spiritual problem.
58. Our problem is a moral problem.
59. And the only answer is in Jesus Christ.
60. The Psalmist knew that the water course of the Negev cannot be filled again unless there is rain,
61. And the rain cannot come unless God sends it down.
62. The Psalmist knew that the source of his blessing from the beginning to end is God.
63. The Psalmist understood that there can be no true fullness if God is not the source of it.
64. There can be no true satisfaction unless God is the fountain of it.
65. There can be no true blessing if God is not the author of it.
66. And if happiness is fullness, then we should experience the fullness of Christ on a daily basis.
67. Ephesians 5:18 and following tells us,
68. That we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily.
69. Colossians 3:16 and following tells us,
70. That we daily need to be filled with the word of God.
71. According to Acts 5 and 6 we need to be filled daily with faith.
72. So that God can use us and answer our prayers.
73. So that when we humble ourselves before him, he will do great things in our midst.
74. Happiness is freedom and fullness.
75. But also in verses 5 and 6 of Psalm 126,
76. The Psalmist tells us that happiness is also fruitfulness.
77. Like most cities, Jerusalem was dependant for food supply that comes out of the city.
78. And the Assyrian invasion had swept the land leaving destruction behind.
79. But God delivered his people supernaturally from the Assyrians.
80. But now how are they going to keep on staying alive?
81. Should they eat their seed that they have kept for planting?
82. Or should they plant it,
83. So that they may get harvest in the following year.
84. No wonder the Psalmist said that the sowers were weeping as they were scattering the seed.
85. And this picture is not unlike that of the Christian life.
86. God opens our spiritual eyes to see the truth.
87. He converts us and makes us born again.
88. He saves us by his grace.
89. Then God says to us now that you know the truth, see to it that you follow it.
90. Now that you know what is pleasing to God and what it not do what is pleasing to God.
91. Now you know that you have received freely therefore I want you to be my co-laborers.
92. God is saying I want you to be fruitful in my kingdom.
93. God is saying I don’t want you to just be sitting in church.
94. I have saved your soul.
95. Therefore see to it that you sin no more.
96. Not only that but tell others about me.
97. Why does God need preachers and witnesses?
98. Why does God need men and women in their workplace telling about Jesus?
99. Why couldn’t he just do it himself?
100. He could,
101. But that’s not the way he chooses to do it.
102. He wants you to work with him in producing fruit for the kingdom.
103. In fact you see in the first half of Psalm 126 there is singing.
104. And at the end of the Psalm they are weeping.
105. What does this contrast teach us?
106. First of all you cannot predict what God will do.
107. Sometimes God supernaturally answers our prayers immediately.
108. Other times he makes us wait.
109. In some events God works for us.
110. In other events he works in and through us.
111. It takes the wisdom of God to discern the way he wants to work.
112. The second lesson here is this,
113. God frees us so that we might serve him.
114. And if you and I sow the seed faithfully
115. And water the seed with our tears and our prayers,
116. God will give us a harvest.
117. Whether it will be in your family your church or your work.
118. One day we shall rejoice as we come to him bringing in the sheaves.
119. A fruitful life is a happy life.
121. Because a fruitful Christian is experiencing God’s power in his life.
122. And he is fulfilling his greatest potential.
123. My listening friend as I bring this message to conclusion I want you to listen carefully.
124. Because somehow we are not aware of the subtlety of the devil.
125. Because just as God has a formula for happiness.
126. The devil has a formula for happiness too.
127. And he is offering it to us all the time.
128. Here is the devil’s formula.
129. If you sow in joy now.
130. Do as you please now.
131. You will reap in sorrow tomorrow.
132. Because sin always begins with pleasure but it ends with pain.
133. Sin always begins with freedom but it ends in bondage.
134. Sin begins with fullness but it ends with emptiness, dryness and poverty.
135. In Christ the formula is different.
136. In Christ happiness is freedom from the dominance of sin.
137. In Christ happiness is the fullness of God’s power,
138. Not man’s power.
139. In Christ happiness is fruitfulness.
140. Your life will make a difference.
141. Yes there may be tears now.
142. But one day these tears will be permanently wiped away.
143. They will be turned into eternal joy.
144. And now what I want to leave you with is the question.
145. Are you experiencing this kind of happiness?
146. If you’re not you can experience it today.
147. It is your choice.
148. Why don’t you come to the Lord Jesus right now?
149. Why don’t you say to him Lord Jesus Christ,
150. Come into my life,
151. Forgive my sins,
152. Give me your happiness,
153. Which will continue for eternity,
154. And thank you for answering my prayers.
155. Because that is your promise.