Happiness in High-Def (Psalm 1)

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and
night (PSALM 1:1-2 Esv).


When Psalm 1:1 talks about the man who is “blessed,” the Hebrew word literally means “to be happy.” Perhaps the Hebrews’ title for this song was, “How to Be Happy.”

Contrary to what some people think, God is not some cosmic killjoy who loves it when we are miserable. God wants you to be happy, but he wants you to be happy his way. He wants you to be happy internally, externally, and eternally. The psalmist shows us that the key to a happy life is living a God-centered life… The truly happy person is a person who is living a rooted life, a life of purpose, a life that makes an impact on others. Real happiness is found in favoring the right people, following the right principles, and fulfilling God’s purpose.

Do you want to be miserable? Live a you-centered life. Do you want to be happy? Live a God-centered life. This is how you live a high-def life

52 Weeks Through the Psalms


Happiness begins internally as we make God the Lord of our life. But why then do so many of us try to find happiness through external means?

This exotic vacation, that new wardrobe, the Corvette, the climb up the corporate ladder…all these and more seem to promise us the happiness that only a God-centered life can bring. God wants us to be happy, and he has provided us all we need to live out that happiness, that blessedness. And that provision is him: knowing him, loving him, serving him, worshiping him. This is the high-def life.


James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.