This entry is part 1 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM 1, Part 1
Maintaining Happiness: What Should You Do ?

1. Elements of Biblical Psalms (Songs).
A. It is pleasant music. (Ps. 147:1)
Music is not just for women, but for all !
– Disciples did. Matt. 26:30
– Moses did. Ex. 15:1, Deut. 31:22 (Ps. 18:1)
– Jesus will. Heb. 2:11-12
B. It is God’s Word.
– He is the focus of it. Is. 12:2, Rev. 15:3
C. It is a clear contrast to worldly music that speaks of tragedy, divorce,
heartbreaks, etc. Is. 65:14
D. It should be an activity of the spirit. 1 Cor. 14:15

2. It instructs us how to have – and keep – joy.
A. Not listening to the ungodly. (Ps. 64:2)
– *Beware of private comments.
B. Not fellowshipping with the lost. Eph. 5:11
– *Reprove them.
C. Not accepting views of the scornful. Prov. 3:34
– *Brings grief to the heart and works against your faith. 2 Pet. 2:7

PSALM 1, Part 2
The Benefits of Godly Happiness

1. Desires change within us.(Ps. 1:2)
A. Who we walk with determines a lot. Eph. 5:11
B. But not saved by good desires. Eph. 2:5
C. A new creature desires new food. 2 Cor. 5:17
D. God in us makes the difference. Phil. 2:13

2. Our attitude towards God’s law.(Ps. 1:2)
A. Reveals if we are submissive. (Ps. 4:7) Heb. 13:17
B. Shows the extent of our commitment. 1 Tim. 4:15
– Options: Sunday, Sabbath, Wednesday or Day and Night.
C. Tells of our desire to learn. Deut. 31:12 Caution about learning: Prov. 22:24-25
D. Can help us avoid trouble. 1 Tim. 1:20

3. Stability of the strong believer.(Ps. 1:3)
A. Close to the source of nourishment. Issue of love. Must know the will of the
person you love. John 14:15
B. It is more fruitful. John 15:5,8
– The reason ? It dies to self. John 12:24
C. Stays within his character. (…”Whatsoever he doeth” – tree acts like tree.)
1 Thes. 5:5

PSALM 1, Part 3
Maintaining Happiness:Knowing That God Will Treat You Differently

1. The ungodly will not be able to stand before an angry God.
They will have to admit to their sins, and fall before God. Rom. 14:11, Phil. 2:10
A. Angry over their sin. Eph. 5:5-6 (Ps. 7:11)
– Especially the religious. Rom. 1:18, Heb. 10:29-31
B. Angry over them rejecting His sacrifice for them. John 3:36
C. Angry over the lack of holiness. Heb. 12:14, 1 Pet. 1:15-16

2. The ungodly have no place with believers.
A. In the future. Matt. 25:32
B. In the present. Eph. 5:11, 2 Cor. 6:14, 1 Cor. 5:11, Luke 6:22

3. The Lord knows all.
A. Our deeds. Prov. 24:12, Rev. 2:2, Rev. 20:13
B. Our thoughts. *Dan. 2:30, Ps. 94:11, Luke 6:8, Ps. 44:21, Rom. 2:16


This entry is part 2 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM 2, Part 1
Maintaining Happiness: Having A Realistic Expectation of The World

1. Understanding the logic of the world.(Ps. 2:1-3)
A. The heathen must like to rage. (“High-spirited”, applied to men and horses.)
Rom. 12:16, 2 Cor. 10:5
B. The people must enjoy imagining a vain thing. *If this was not so, they would
seek to do something else. Rom. 1:21, Jer. 23:17
Sign of a judgment generation. Gen. 6:5

2. Secret political agendas against God exist.(Ps. 2:2)
A. Kings take a stand themselves (without God). Is. 48:16, John 18:20
Reward of answers becomes public. Matt. 6:18
B. Rulers take counsel (secretly). Gift of prophecy reveals secrets.
1 Cor. 14:24-25 Elisha accused of doing so. 2 Kings 6:8-12
C. Against God and those He anoints. (*Note world’s political views against faithful
Israeli leaders.) Who is their God ? 2 Cor. 4:4, Eph. 6:12
D. They ultimately want to throw off any influence from or responsibility to God.
(Ps. 2:3) Rev. 11:15 shows a different outcome.

PSALM 2, Part 2
Maintaining Happiness: God Has Planned Everything Out For Our Blessing !

1. God is in control over rulers and govervnments.(Ps. 2:6)
A. Some are for blessing to the people. 2 Sam. 23:3, Judges 2:16 (Ps. 47:2-8)
B. Some are for a judgment against the people. Jer. 51:11
Antichrist – Zech. 11:15-17

2. God sets the decrees and laws.(Ps. 2:7)
A. Angels can, under his authority. Dan. 4:17
B. Men can, under His authority.
– Within their authority in government. Dan. 6:1, Rom. 13:1-7 (Note limitations.)
– Within their authority at work. Ex. 35:30-35
– Within their authority at home. Eph. 5:22, 6:1

3. God’s power is greater than any other.(Ps. 2:9)
*Evidence – confronting Pharaoh. Ex. 18:11

4. God’s grace is offered only for a time.(Ps. 2:12)
* For the lost, there is a time limit. Heb. 10:29-30


This entry is part 3 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM 3- Part 1
Maintaining Happiness: See What God Wants You To See !

1. Looking at the wrong things.(Ps. 3:1)
A. Failure to see the help God has provided. 2 Kings 6:16
B. Failure to see the power of God’s help. 1 Sam. 14:6, Gen. 14:14,
Mark 10:26-27

C. Focusing on the problem, not seeking the solution. Luke 19:3-4, John 5:2-7
“…no friend, not fast enough. Others take advantage of my slowness.”
D. Failing to see the importance of faith. – Can keep one from joy for a period
of time. Luke 9:13 – Many uncomfortable minutes.

2. Having the wrong focus.
A. One can appear to be many if focus is wrong. 1 Sam. 17:23
Assumption was that they would have the entire army to fight. Not so.
B. Beauty can be deceiving if focus isn’t on God. Gen. 2:6 “The woman saw…”
Is anything worth trading off your relationship with God ?
C. On things that pass away. Matt. 16:23

PSALM 3- Part 2
Maintaining Happiness: Say What God Wants You To Say !
Psalm 3:4-8

1. Verbal prayers are important.(Ps. 3:4)
A. Without including verbal praying, we do not pray in the fulness of our being.
(You are a trinity – all three parts should pray !)
– Praying physically (verbally.) The physical prayer should be an expression
of the soul and spirit. Gal. 5:25
– Praying in the spirit. Phil. 3:3
– Praying with the soul. 1 Sam. 1:10-15
B. The example of David. Ps. 55:17

2. Verbal commands against Satan are important.
A. Did Jesus just wish Satan away in the wilderness ? Luke 4:8
B. Can demons read our minds and thoughts ? No !
Mark 5:6-9 – Required verbal command.

3. Verbal worship of God is important.
A. If our worship is only “inside” is our worship whole ? Matt. 9:22 -That’s what
Jesus was doing. Mark 5:28, Mark 12:23 – “Whole” is significant !
B. If our worship is not verbal, who but God knows what we are really doing ?                Luke 19:40
C. The Psalm itself is a verbal song to be sung before others.
Psalm 3:3-6, 59:16, 51:14, 81:1

PSALM 3- Part 3
Maintaining Happiness: Growing Through The Experience.
Psalm 3:4-8

Every experience should be a lesson in your walk with the Lord. If you don’t learn it, you are doomed to take the class and test again !

1. The fruits of successful praying.(Ps. 3:4-6)
*Successful praying always involves faith !
A. Sleep.
– When we do what God wants. Ps. 127:2
– When we are open to the will of God. Jer. 31:26, Pro. 3:21-24
B. Provision (as a result of putting God’s will first.) Luke 12:28-31
C. Renewed confidence. 2 Thes. 1:3

2. We need more than deliverance.(Ps. 3:6-8)
A. We need renewed and stronger faith. Ps. 51:10
B. We need healing of our own hurt and injuries. Ps. 51:12 (Forgiveness toward
enemies is part of this. Matt. 6:14-15 Since it affects our own fellowship with
– Hurt from our sins. Jer. 3:22, Hos. 6:1, 14:4
C. We need salvation. Deliverance only takes us out of the hand of the enemy.
Salvation gets us into heaven. Col. 1:13 (“From…unto…”)


This entry is part 4 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM 4- Part 1

Maintaining Happiness: Growing Through The Experience ! Psalm 4:1-5

It shouldn’t take a bad event to make us get serious with God !! David comes to Him seriously without it.

1. The acknowledging of our need.
A. Some don’t realize their need. Luke 18:11
B. Without God’s love working in us, we are nothing – so we need Him ! I Cor. 13:2
C. In all parts of our lives. Ps. 40:17, 86:1

2. The acknowledgment of God’s greater power.
A. Without Him we can do nothing. John 15:5
B. Must be seen in us. Ps. 71:18

3. The frustration with lost people.
A. Their double standards. Matt. 23:28-29
B. Their self-centeredness. (Without God, they cannot have unselfish love.)
I Cor. 13:5
C. Their deviousness. Titus 1:10, 2 John 1:7, Matt. 24:5, 11

4. The sanctification of Godly people.
A. It is done because of personal decision. (Personal sanctification, not the
sanctification which is by blood-Heb. 10:10, 2 Chron. 29:15, 2 Tim. 2:20-21
B. It makes the Believer more useful to God. John’s confession. John 3:30

PSALM 4- Part 2

Maintaining Happiness: Growing Through The Experience ! Psalm 4:3-8

1. Acknowledging God’s requirements.
A. Expressing faith in God’s plan, not ours. Ps. 55:8
B. Using God’s standards, not ours. Ps. 55:9

2. Pronouncing the standard.
A. Fear God. I Pet. 2:17, Rev. 14:7, Ec. 8:12, 12:13
B. Don’t sin. Eph. 4:26, I Cor. 15:34, I John 2:1, Ps. 39:1
C. Do serious self-judgment. I Cor. 11:31, Luke 6:42
D. Be still enough to hear from God. (‘Be still’ in Hebrew is the word ‘Damam’
which means “Be silent”, in other words, ‘Quit talking and listen’ Ps. 119:59
E. Offer sacrifices of righteousness. I Pet. 2:5, Phil. 4:18, Rom. 12:1
F. Believe God. James 2:23, Acts 27:25
G. Expect closeness with God. (Light of His countenance.)
Moses – I Cor. 3:7
It is lost when determined to sin. – Gen. 4:5
Walking in His light, what a blessing ! – I John 1:7
H. Receive the blessings with joy and confidence.
– Knowing it is better than the world’s
– Knowing that God wanted to bless you.

PSALM 4- Part 3

Comparing Benefits: What Do We Have Better Than The World Has ?
God Offers To People of Faith Blessings Which Exceed Those That Are Given To The World – But Only When They Submit To His Will.

1. Comparing light.
A. The world’s light is darkness.
– Recent FDA “studies” – can’t be trusted. The “Fiber Fib” exposed in past year.
– “Scientific” findings later dismissed-views of the solar system,
shape of the globe, etc. Is. 40:22
– “Year of the child” mentality proven to yield bad results. Pro. 22:15, Pro. 23:14
B. The world’s wisdom is foolishness. I Cor. 1:18-20, I Cor. 3:19
C. The countenance accompanying the wicked is different. Gen. 4:6

2. Comparing joy and gladness.(Psalm 4:7)
A. The world requires artificial means.
B. God’s joy is enduring, powerful. John 15:11, John 16:22

3. Comparing our rest and security.(Psalm 4:8)
A. Our rest is sweet, not just therapeutic. Pro. 3:24 Later- globally. Is. 11:10
B. Our security is eternal, not limited. Deut. 32:31, John 10:28


This entry is part 5 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM 5 – Part 1

Anger toward sin and it’s results should bring us to pray to God more faithfully !
God must be approached as the True and Holy God that He is, not just as One that is easier to relate to.

1. The approach to God must be correct.
A. Be respectful. Requesting, not demanding. Acknowledging His superiority.
(Psalm 5:2) I Pet. 3:12, Is. 57:15, James 4:6, Ps. 145:19
As King and Lord. Ps. 74:12, Phil. 3:8, Rev. 17:14
B. Be complete. Present to God what you know about Him. It helps you pray
with greater understanding. – (In Heaven)…Matthew 6:9
C. Be time-conscious. (Psalm 5:3) Ps. 55:17, Heb. 4:16

2. Recognize the absolute holiness of God.
A. Does not have pleasure in wickedness. (Ps. 5:4)
B. Will not tolerate evil in the future. (Psalm 5:4-5)
*Lev. 19:17-Not to hate brother.
Hebraic extreme phraseology. Similar to: Luke 14:26
C. Will destroy ungodliness. (Ps. 5:6)
-“Leasing”= lying, deception

PSALM 5- Part 2

Maintaining happiness: How To Stay Close To God. Psalm 5:6-12

1. The need for judgment awareness. (Psalm 5:6)
A. It keeps the believer closer to God. 2 Pet. 3:14, Heb. 11:7, 2 Cor. 5:11
B. It is a consolation to the Believer. Gal. 2:16

2. The need for personal commitment. (Psalm 5:7)
Did it give him the ability to carry out his intentions ?
A. Not a self-willed worship. Rev. 4:11
* Do we think that staying at home is as good as obedience to God ?
Heb. 10:25 Why do some Christians stay home when they could come to
church ? When God says “come”, does He count disobedience excusable ?
Luke 14:18-24 (Hint – not because they have no choice.)
*Do we sing what pleases us, or God ?
Gen. 22:5, Ex. 24:1, I Chron. 16:9, 23, 29, Ps. 138:5
B. Commitment of personality – “Fear of the Lord.” It is something taught.
*(Where ???) Psalm 34:11 Many benefits. Pro. 15:16, Pro. 16:6, Pro. 14:26


This entry is part 6 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM 7 – Part 1

How Will We Ever Get A Better World ?
MAINTAINING HAPPINESS: How To Stay Close To God: Faith !

1. David’s desire for a better world.
A. He saw the need. Heb. 11:16
B. He knew things would be better through God. Heb. 7:22
C. He had faith that it would come. Heb. 11:8, Rom. 3:22

2. The way a new world comes.
A. God’s people keep asking for righteousness. Zeph. 2:3
*What happens if that isn’t their desire ? Is. 64:6
*The Saviour is the only true righteousness. Jer. 23:6
B. God responds to their prayers of faith. Heb. 11:6
C. God Himself brings it. Acts 17:31
– Judgment, sentencing first.
– Consequences to rebellion next.

3. God’s feelings toward iniquity.
A. He is angry everyday. (Psalm 7:11)
B. He has prepared for it.
– By preparing consequences to sin.
(Psalm 7:15-16) Ezek. 18:4,20
– By providing the solution. I Pet. 1:20, Rev. 13:8, Matt. 25:34
– By preparing judgment. Pro. 19:29, Matt. 25:41

PSALM 7- Part 2

Maintaining happiness: How To Stay Close To God.
Does It Really Matter What People Say ?

1. Kush the Benjamite: typical even of our own enemies.
A. Words can tear the soul. (Psalm 7:2)
B. Deal with false accusation.
– Accept that they will come and don’t dwell on them. Phil. 4:8
Various types of hurtful words:
>>Malicious words. 3 John 1:10
>>False teachings. Acts 20:30,31
>>Deceptive, “Victim-making” words. 2 Pet. 2:3
– Look forward to the future. Matt. 5:11-12
– God will judge them. Jude 1:15
– Know the true Word and stand on it. (Psalm 7:3-5) 1 Tim. 1:13
– Put your standing with God above all else. Matt. 6:33
– Make sure your words are for the Lord. Eph. 4:15

2. Knowing your own heart: a difficult thing to do.
*David knew his own heart accurately. Do you ?
A. The flesh doesn’t want you to know the truth. 1 Pet. 2:11
B. The devil wants to deceive you. 1 Tim. 4:1
Seduction to believe untruthful things about self.


This entry is part 7 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM 8 – Part 1

Is God His Name ? Warning ! *(Deut. 5:11)
MAINTAINING HAPPINESS: Being Certain of Who You Serve

1. What is His Name ?
A. Not a ‘recent’ revelation.
– Hebrew is ‘Jehovah’ = in English, ‘LORD’ (all caps)
Gen. 2:4 He created all things. Eph. 3:9, Col. 1:16
B. Although one God, He has chosen to be known by several names. Exodus 6:3
(EL SHADDAI) Is. 7:14

2. His name is an expression of Who He is.
A. Is. 9:6 Presents several names.
B. Other names are not fully understood. (Psalm 68:4)
Rev. 19:12, Ex. 3:14, Judges 13:18
C. His Names are limited to those He Himself chooses to use. Acts 4:12
D. He is part of Israel, placing His Name there. Num. 6:23-27
(Isra-el, the Name ‘EL’ is shortened from ‘ELOHIM’) 2 Chron. 7:14

3. Great benefits to those who seek to know His Name better.
A. Blessings of healing and safety. Mal. 4:2
B. Where 2 or 3 are gathered in His Name – His presence is there. Matt. 18:20
C. It gains access to the innermost person of God. John 14:13

PSALM 8 – Part 2

The Necessity of Knowing Him Better ! *(Deut. 5:11)
MAINTAINING HAPPINESS: Being Certain of Whom You Serve

1. Great benefits to those who seek to know His Name better.
A. Blessings of healing and safety. Mal. 4:2
B. Where 2 or 3 are gathered in His Name – His presence is there. Matt. 18:20
C. It gains access to the innermost Person of God. John 14:13
D. It reminds us to stay faithful. Ex. 34:14

2. Knowing Him helps to understand our own place.
A. Lower than the angels. (Lit.=”for a little while lower than the angels.”)
*Speaks both of Jesus and the saved.
B. Made to have all things under His feet. Gen. 1:26, 2 Tim. 2:12, Rev. 20:6
– Dominion over other people. Judges 5:12 & 13, Gen. 27:40, Rev. 1:6
– In Millennium, Col. 3:20, Eph. 5:22, Heb. 13:17
– Yet modern man can’t even make his kids obey. Many times Believers allow
circumstances to dictate life’s path, rather than actual
submission to God. Heb. 12:9
C. Crowned with glory and honor.
– All good things come through the Lord. James 1:17
– If He is seen in us, we radiate His glory. I Pet. 4:14
– Honor requires actions some are not willing to give. 2 Tim. 2:20-21


This entry is part 8 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM 9- Part 1

–Praising God With The Whole Heart–
Maintaining Happiness: Increase Your Joy Through Praise

1. The blessings of genuine praise.
A. It is effective in revealing faith when done correctly.
James 1:6-7-With the whole heart ! v.1
B. It brings out the testimony of what God has done. v.1 Deut. 3:24
– Keep praising God, and have a goal, as David did.
(“All Thy works” – Psalm 73:28)
– Enemies of the Believer are turned back. v.3
C. It has a known and specific direction – Godward. v.2
Matt. 4:10– worship God only.
D. By committing what God does through us, our thoughts are established.
Pro. 16:3
– No need to fear men. (Ps. 56:4)
E. Blessings are designed to bring it out. (Ps. 30:11,12)

2. The curse of failing to praise God.
A. His praise is directed elsewhere. Is. 42:8
B. Some use God’s glory, and give it to other men. John 12:43
C. The lawless praise wicked men. Pro. 28:4
D. Set themselves up as adversaries of God. Is. 42:8

3. Praising God is important,even when difficult.
A. It is a sacrifice. Heb. 13:15
B. It is futile though, if not done in love. (1 Cor. 13:1)

PSALM 9- Part 2

–Using What We Know About God In Faith–
Maintaining Happiness: Knowing God is With Us Through All

1. God can help when enemies attack. v.5-8
A. Enemies even within the home. I Sam. 2:1
B. Victory assured when promised by God. 2 Sam. 22:4

2. God can be a refuge in times of trouble. v.9
*God does not say there will be no troubles.
A. He hides us from the worst. (Ps. 27:5)
B. Even in the midst of trouble, he is there. (Ps. 138:7)

3. God’s Name is a cause for greater trust. v.10
A. The Names(s) of God – descriptions of His character.
B. Singling out one true God, and trusting Him.
– EXAMPLES: EL SHADDAI=Almighty, Most High Gen. 17:1,
JEHOVAH SABAOTH=Lord of Hosts (Armies) I Sam. 1:3,
ADONAI=Lord, One Who is Superior Gen. 15:2

4. God catches the wicked in their own devices. v.15-16
A. The work of their tongues. Pro. 6:2, 12:13
B. In their own wisdom. Job 5:13, Ps. 81:12, Ps. 106:39, I Cor. 3:19

5. God reminds us of our weakness & need of Him. v. 17-20
A. Without Him, we can do nothing. John 15:5
B. The work of the Holy Spirit. John 14:26


This entry is part 9 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM 10 – Part 1

Maintaining Happiness: Thinking Past the Momentary Doubts

1. Problems in the crisis.
A. Timing. Gods time is not ours. Ps. 90:4
B. The wisdom of God goes beyond our own. (Psalm 136:5)
C. We can’t depend upon our own strength. Job 6:11, Ps. 31:4, Ps. 38:10,
2 Cor. 12:9

2. Portrait of wicked who bring problems.
A. What he does because of pride.
– Persecutes those with less. v.2
– Does not seek God. v.4
– Cannot believe he will fall. v.6
B. His attitude toward God. (open or hidden)
– Blesses those who are covetous. v.3 “Good is evil” in his sight.
Isaiah 5:20, Rom. 1:32, 2 Thes. 2:12
– Does not seek God. v.4 “No fear” Rom. 3:11
– God is not in all his thoughts. v.4 “Bible out of schools.”
– His ways are grieving to God. v.5 “Forever party”
– Challenges the omniscience of God. v.11 “Nothing happened yet.” 2 Pet. 3:4
– Denies the judgment of God. v.13 “We die and that’s it.”
Jer. 14:13 & 14, Mal. 2:17

3. The outcome.
A. God is still the king. v.16
B. God heard from the beginning. v.17
C. God will judge the ungodly. v.18

PSALM 10 – Part 2

Maintaining Happiness: Believing Past the Momentary Doubts

1. Portrait of wicked who bring problems.
A. What he does because of pride.
Persecutes those with less. v.2
Does not seek God. v.4
Cannot believe he will fall. v.6
B. His attitude toward God (open or hidden)
Blesses those who are covetous. v.3 “Good is evil” Isaiah 5:20, Rom. 1:32,
2 Thes. 2:12

Does not seek God. v.4 “No fear” Rom. 3:11
God is not in all his thoughts. v.4 Bible out of schools.
His ways are grieving to God. v.5 “Forever party”
Challenges the omniscience of God. v.11, “Nothing happened yet” 2 Pet. 3:4
Denies the judgment of God. v.13 “We die and that’s it” Jer. 14:13 & 14,
Malachi 2:17

2. The outcome.
A. God is King forever. v.16
B. God heard from the beginning. v.17 Dan. 10:8-12
– But answers at the right time. Acts 10:1-6
C. God will judge the ungodly. v.18, Acts 17:31
D. God helps those who meet specific criteria. v.17
– Humble. James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5, Micah 6:8
– Under His authority. 1 Cor. 6:2
– But, what will be the basis ? His Word and His righteousness.
Rom. 6:13-18


This entry is part 10 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM 12:1-8


How Do YOU Recognize The Ways of The Wicked ?

B. SPEAK VANITY. (V.2) VANITY=“empty, useless, without serious
merit.” *Some live continual episode of ‘Trivia Pursuit.’* 2 TIM. 2:16
C. FLATTER. “to praise beyond truth, endeavoring to win favor by
untruth, insincerity, or deception.”
PSALM 78:35-37.
PSALM 14:6, PS. 140:12.

TO RECOGNIZE GOD. *Recognizing God can be difficult at certain
times in your life, if you are not truly close to Him !