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November 12, 2016
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  • Make a connection, make a connection
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  • at the foot of the cross.
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  • female: Hi, and welcome to our new series with Pastor Skip
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  • Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque called "Playlist."
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  • If you compiled a music playlist to describe your life, what
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  • songs would you choose?
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  • In this series, Pastor Skip scrolls through the Psalms,
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  • tapping into a number of songs that wrestle with and relish in
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  • the very nature of God and his relationship with mankind.
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  • We pray that God uses these messages to reach
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  • people around the world, and we're privileged when we
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  • hear stories of changed lives.
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  • If this message impacts you, we'd love to hear about it.
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  • Just send an email to mystory@calvaryabq.org.
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  • And if you'd love to support this ministry financially, at
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  • the end of the broadcast, we'll tell you about a valuable
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  • resource available to you for your gift to "The Connection."
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  • We invite you to turn in your Bible to Psalm chapter 1 as we
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  • find out what it takes to experience true happiness in
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  • this message called "Happy."
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  • male announcer: Music reflects life's journey.
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  • Using lyrics to explore the human experience has always been
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  • significant and powerful, even thousands of years ago
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  • in a playlist we now know as the book of Psalms.
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  • Are you happy? Do you want to be?
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  • We all do.
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  • In this message, Pastor Skip reveals what it takes
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  • to experience true happiness.
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  • Please open your Bibles to the book of Psalms chapter 1.
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  • Skip Heitzig: Well, one of the most successful songs
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  • is the song called "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.
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  • Unless you've been in a coma for a year, that song has been
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  • everywhere not only in this country, number one in this
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  • country, number one in the United Kingdom, number one in
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  • Ireland, number one in Australia, number one in New
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  • Zealand, and number one in 19 other countries.
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  • On YouTube, the music video has garnered 325 million views.
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  • It's very popular, it's a very simple song that invites people
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  • to be happy in the midst of bad news, or whatever their life's
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  • doing, to be lifted higher.
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  • And I reckon, isn't that a great word?
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  • I reckon that it's a popular song because it reflects
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  • what everybody wants at the core of their heart.
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  • If you ask anybody, "What do you really want out of life,
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  • they would say, "I want to be happy."
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  • And yet, according to USA Today that cited the Gallup poll,
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  • 70% of Americans are unhappy with their jobs.
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  • And another New York research team said most Americans
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  • are unhappy with their lives.
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  • Everybody has a picture of what would bring them
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  • happiness, some idea.
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  • So, when a person says, "All I want is to be happy,"
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  • follow-up question is, "What do you have to do to get there?"
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  • And so, people have a picture of what would bring them happiness.
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  • For some, it's owning something.
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  • "Man, if I had, like, that car, I'd be happy.
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  • If I can make that much money, that income stream, I'd
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  • be a happy person.
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  • Or if I could marry that person, I would be happy.
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  • Or if I wouldn't have married that person, I could be happy."
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  • There were three guys standing around, talking about this.
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  • One was from England, one was French,
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  • and the other was Russian.
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  • And the Englishman said, "Happiness is when you come
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  • home after a long day, and your slippers are
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  • warmed by the fire."
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  • And the Frenchman said, "Oh, you English have no romance.
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  • Happiness is a fine meal at a fine restaurant with your wife."
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  • And the Russian said, "You're both wrong.
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  • Happiness is when you are at home in bed, you get
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  • knock on the door, it's secret police, and they
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  • say, 'Ivan Ivanovich, you're under arrest.'
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  • And you say, 'Oh, Ivan Ivanovich?
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  • He lives next door.'"
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  • It's all a matter of perspective, is it not?
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  • Well, God has a lot to say about happiness.
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  • And it's all the things the world will not tell you.
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  • And so, we come to the book of Psalms, the very first psalm
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  • on God's playlist, the psalm, the happy psalm.
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  • And I take the title "Happy" from the first word
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  • I want you to notice in it.
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  • It's the word "blessed."
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  • "Blessed is the man that is like this," the psalm says.
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  • The word "blessed," ashrei in Hebrew, means literally happy,
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  • "Oh how happy."
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  • And it's written in the plural in this psalm, so it could
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  • better be translated oh the joys, or the happinesses,
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  • or oh how very happy is this person.
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  • This is God's way of being happy.
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  • We have in our Declaration of Independence, in the second
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  • paragraph, those famous words, "We hold these truths," it says,
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  • "to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
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  • and they are endowed by their creator with
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  • certain inalienable rights, that among these are life,
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  • liberty," and the pursuit of what?
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  • Happiness.
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  • Our Constitution guarantees you can pursue happiness,
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  • never promises you'll find it.
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  • But you can chase it.
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  • And people are chasing happiness, and yet so many
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  • are never finding it, and here's why.
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  • Happiness is never found by direct pursuit.
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  • Happiness is a byproduct of another pursuit.
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  • When you pursue him, and when you pursue holiness,
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  • happiness tags along.
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  • Jesus said, "Seek first the kingdom of God,
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  • and all these other things will be added to you."
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  • So, we're going to get into this psalm, only six verses, and
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  • we're going to take it phrase by phrase, and verse by verse.
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  • Simply, it is a description of the happy man,
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  • the happy woman, the happy person.
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  • And the happy person is described first by
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  • what he declines or says no to.
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  • Look at the opening phrase of the psalm, "Oh how happy,
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  • blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of
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  • the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners,
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  • nor sits in the seat of the scornful."
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  • So far, everything's negative, right?
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  • It's all no.
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  • It's as if he is saying happy is the person who is marked
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  • by what he does not do, the people he does not
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  • hang out with, the places he does not go.
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  • Now, before you think, "Boy, the Bible is surely negative,"
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  • understand that the positive comes after the negative.
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  • And there's a lot of power in negative thinking.
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  • Happy is the person who understands that no is
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  • the first step many times to yes.
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  • Just ask an athlete, who has to say no to doing certain things,
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  • and certain lifestyle, and restrict his or her intake so
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  • that he or she can become a great athlete.
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  • So, 10 o'clock at night rolls around, and that quart of ice
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  • cream in the freezer, no.
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  • Even though that sounds really good, no.
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  • What does he then say no to? First of all, bad advice.
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  • He does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly.
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  • Be careful who you listen to. Be careful what you listen to.
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  • Two quick ways to disaster: take no one's advice,
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  • take everyone's advice.
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  • There are some people, you know them, who are isolated,
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  • they take no one's advice.
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  • "No, don't tell me what to do. No, I won't ask your advice.
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  • No, I'll figure this out on my own."
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  • Not a healthy place to be.
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  • But the second is also disastrous, when you take
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  • everyone's advice.
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  • There are some people that process every single choice
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  • to everyone else's opinion.
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  • And you know what?
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  • Everyone has an opinion on how you should live.
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  • And it's not always the best opinion.
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  • It's not always godly counsel.
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  • It might be well-intentioned counsel, might even be from your
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  • own family, but it's not necessarily godly counsel.
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  • There's an old Danish proverb that says, "He who builds
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  • according to every man's advice will have a crooked house,"
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  • and a crooked life to go with it.
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  • The second thing the happy person says no
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  • to is bad associations.
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  • The next phrase says, "Nor does he stand in
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  • the path of sinners."
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  • So, first you're walking, and now you're standing.
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  • The word "stand" means to linger,
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  • to stay awhile, to loiter.
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  • Let me put it to you this way.
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  • If you walk in the footsteps of bad advice, you will soon
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  • stand among those who give it.
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  • You're slowing down.
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  • You got to be careful who you hang with.
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  • Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15, "Bad company
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  • corrupts good character."
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  • Now, I want to say a word that looks at this
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  • from the other side.
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  • It is not bad to make friends with unbelievers.
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  • And that psalm that we just read is not saying this.
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  • Even Jesus Christ himself was called the friend of publicans,
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  • the friend of sinners.
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  • He hung out with the unrighteous.
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  • But he didn't hang out with them in order to become like them.
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  • He hung out with them in hopes that he could raise
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  • them up by his life, by his example, so that
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  • they would want to become like him.
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  • And Christians who move the world are those people who don't
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  • let the world move them.
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  • That's why we need to be careful in what we listen to, and whose
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  • advice, and who we hang with.
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  • The third thing we say no to is bad actions.
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  • Look at it yourself, "Blessed is the man, oh how happy is the one
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  • who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in
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  • the path of sinners, nor," here it is, "sits in the seat
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  • of the scornful," or the mockers.
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  • This is a very popular seat to take these days.
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  • If you sit in the seat of the scorner, the mocker, especially
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  • mocking all things God, you will be very popular.
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  • It's popular to say, "Oh, those unintelligent people
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  • who actually believe in the Bible.
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  • Didn't you see your latest PBS documentary?
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  • We know the things in the Bible can't be true."
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  • And so, we find ourselves in a unique position.
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  • Today, we are the enemy.
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  • We are the ones, at least many of them say, who say, "Yeah,
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  • those religious, crazy, right-wing nuts,
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  • they're the ones that are preventing real progress
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  • to happen in this country.
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  • So, once again, just notice the slowing, walking at first, slow
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  • down to a standstill, and eventually you take a seat.
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  • And this is a position of influence.
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  • You have something to say.
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  • You have something to say that's not good, you are mocking.
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  • Let me submit to you that Peter took this route.
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  • Peter was once walking, following, pursuing Christ
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  • Jesus, got arrested.
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  • Peter that night found himself in a courtyard, standing among
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  • people who are not sympathetic toward the cause of Christ.
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  • Eventually, he himself sat down and denied
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  • that he even knew Jesus.
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  • Walking, standing, and sitting.
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  • So, the happy person is described by what he declines.
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  • Second, the happy person is described in what he delights.
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  • Verse 2, "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in
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  • his law he meditates day and night."
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  • So, now the psalmist moves from all the don'ts to all the do's.
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  • A lot of people brag about what they don't do.
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  • It's a negative righteousness.
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  • "I don't listen to music. I don't watch movies.
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  • I don't smoke, and I don't chew, and I
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  • don't go with girls that do."
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  • Well, yippee for you.
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  • What do you do?
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  • Not just what you don't do, but what do you do?
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  • A lot of people have enough of God to make them decent, but not
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  • enough to make them dynamic.
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  • So, the psalmist moves from what he doesn't do to what he does.
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  • And notice what his attitude is toward the Bible.
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  • "His delight is in the law of the Lord."
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  • Does not say his duty is to read your Bible every day.
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  • His drudgery is picking up the book, and opening it up.
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  • "His delight is in the law of the Lord."
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  • One translation says, "He finds his greatest pleasure
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  • in the law of the Lord."
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  • He looks forward to it, why?
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  • Because this book is the means toward an end, and the end
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  • is an encounter with the living God.
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  • So, I want to know the Word of God so that I can get to know
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  • the God of the Word.
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  • I want an encounter with him. And this book does that for me.
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  • Let me give you an example. A young woman has a boyfriend.
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  • She can't always be with him, but she can carry, and she does
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  • in her purse, a photograph of him.
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  • The photograph is a reminder that speaks to her of him.
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  • So, when she's away from him, when nobody's looking,
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  • she'll pull it out, and she'll look at it longingly,
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  • and maybe even give a surreptitious kiss toward it.
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  • Now, the picture isn't him.
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  • It's a substitute of him, and not even a great substitute,
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  • but it reminds her of him, and speaks to her of him.
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  • And so does the Bible to us.
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  • It reminds us of him, it speaks to us of him, it gets us in
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  • touch with him, and we encounter him.
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  • And here's what's even more amazing.
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  • I want you to consider this.
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  • When David wrote Psalm 1, and he talked about the happy person
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  • delighting in the law of God, the only Bible he had were
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  • the first five books of Moses.
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  • He was talking literally about Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,
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  • Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
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  • His delight is in that.
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  • How many people do you know today that would say,
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  • "My delight is that"?
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  • There's only one group I know, and that's you.
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  • I mean, Wednesday nights come, and you're going,
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  • "Hot diggity dog, we're in Leviticus, Numbers."
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  • We, however, have 66 books, we have the whole Bible.
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  • We have a treasure trove of truth.
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  • And concerning the laws of God, it was David who wrote, and we
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  • will see it in Psalm 19, "More to be desired are they than
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  • gold; yea, than much fine gold, sweeter also than
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  • honey in the honeycomb."
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  • Let me tell you my story.
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  • A few months ago, I was on an airplane, a Southwest flight to
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  • be exact, and I was next to a man who had a book,
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  • he was devoted to his book.
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  • It was a book of crossword puzzles.
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  • His head was in it, his head was down, he's writing,
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  • and he's thinking.
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  • He didn't come up for air except maybe, like, when
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  • we were about to land.
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  • And you know, he like took a breath, and had a swig of water,
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  • so it was like--it was my opening, so I said, "So, you
  • 00:16:20.030 --> 00:16:24.250
  • like crossword puzzles, do you?"
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  • And he goes, "Oh, I love crossword puzzles."
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  • He goes, "I have a knack for them."
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  • He goes, "I can see patterns in a maze of letters."
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  • And I don't know if this is fast or not, but he
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  • said, "My record is 33 words in 9 minutes."
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  • Now, having--I don't know anything about it, but I
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  • thought, "Wow, that's good."
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  • I'm hoping it's good because I really don't know, but I'm
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  • just going along in the conversation.
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  • And then he said this.
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  • This is what I want to share with you.
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  • He said, "The first thing I do when I pack my suitcase is
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  • get a book of crossword puzzles."
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  • He said, "It takes my mind off flying."
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  • And the reason that made an impact on me is I thought, is
  • 00:17:08.080 --> 00:17:10.250
  • this the first thing I think to pack when I pack my suitcase?
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  • Am I delighting in the law of the Lord as much as Mr.
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  • Crossword Puzzle is delighting in that book of his?
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  • I mean, you could say his delight is in the crossword
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  • puzzle, and in the crossword puzzle doth
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  • he meditate day and night.
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  • He was all about that.
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  • Look at the word "meditate" in that verse, by the way,
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  • "He meditates day and night."
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  • What does meditation mean?
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  • Well, it's not talking about transcendental meditation, where
  • 00:17:40.110 --> 00:17:42.270
  • one disengages the mind and kind of goes nowhere.
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  • Biblical meditation is exactly the opposite.
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  • It means you consciously engage the mind, and you focus it upon
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  • revealed truth, in this case the Word of God, the Scripture.
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  • But the word, the Hebrew word "meditate" is the word "hegah,"
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  • which means to coo, to mutter, to moan, to read in an
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  • undertone, or to talk to oneself about.
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  • The root meaning of this word is the low moaning of an animal,
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  • especially when he chews its cud.
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  • Can you picture it?
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  • You and I do that sometimes when we eat, "Mmm, it's so good."
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  • You're talking to yourself about it, you're reacting
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  • to what you're eating.
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  • The picture then of meditation is that you just don't read the
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  • Scripture, but you feed on the Scripture.
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  • You slow down long enough to hear each word, to emphasize a
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  • different word, to say it out loud back to yourself,
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  • to get an impression.
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  • You slow down.
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  • I have a problem when I eat, and that is I eat fast.
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  • I always have.
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  • My wife has told me over the years to slow down, echoes of my
  • 00:19:03.280 --> 00:19:06.050
  • mom, who used to tell me growing up, "Slow down."
  • 00:19:06.060 --> 00:19:09.090
  • But let me explain to you, just to get you on my side
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  • a little bit, why I--why I eat so fast.
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  • I grew up with three older brothers.
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  • I'm the youngest, I'm the baby of four.
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  • So, when it was mealtime, they were serious.
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  • It wasn't a little bit of banter back and forth.
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  • It was like whoever gets the food first wins.
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  • And I was sometimes last.
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  • I'm the smallest, so I learned to eat very fast.
  • 00:19:32.190 --> 00:19:35.030
  • Well, that's dangerous if you go to an expensive restaurant,
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  • it's like five bucks a bite.
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  • It's like slow down.
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  • So, can I suggest that when you read the Scripture,
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  • when you have your devotional time, that you will slow down,
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  • and consider it carefully and more slowly?
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  • Meditation is the link between theory and action.
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  • You ask yourself, "Is this a command, is this a promise?
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  • Am I to do something in following this up?
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  • Why did he say that word? What if I emphasize that word?"
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  • And meditation is that link between theory and action.
  • 00:20:07.140 --> 00:20:11.270
  • It forms your worldview, and it will determine your behavior.
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  • So, here's the happy person so far, described by what he
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:19.260
  • declines, by what he delights in.
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  • Third, he's described by what he depicts.
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  • Look at verse 3, "He shall be like a tree."
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  • He shall be like a tree.
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  • Doesn't say he shall be like a stump of a tree, or he shall be
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  • like a twig lying on the ground, or like a two by four.
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  • No, but something alive and something growing,
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  • something flourishing.
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  • You know, growth is a normal part of life.
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  • You expect growth to happen if there's a living thing.
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  • If you have a seed, you plant it in the ground, and
  • 00:20:54.050 --> 00:20:56.110
  • you water it, you expect to see results.
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  • You expect growth.
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  • When a baby is born, you expect the baby to grow up.
  • 00:21:01.260 --> 00:21:04.110
  • That's the normal, natural expectation of parents.
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  • If the child's 35, or turns to be 35 years old and still in
  • 00:21:07.130 --> 00:21:11.060
  • diapers, you know you got a big problem, no growth.
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:14.290
  • Well, when you see a believer, a Christian, somebody's been
  • 00:21:15.000 --> 00:21:18.080
  • born again who has spiritual life, they're just sort of
  • 00:21:18.090 --> 00:21:20.220
  • always at the same level, you think something's wrong.
  • 00:21:20.230 --> 00:21:24.280
  • There ought to be growth.
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  • And as much as I love evangelism and love to call people to
  • 00:21:27.170 --> 00:21:30.050
  • follow Jesus, Christianity is more than obstetrics.
  • 00:21:30.060 --> 00:21:34.140
  • It includes pediatrics, includes some emergency room visits,
  • 00:21:34.150 --> 00:21:40.040
  • and should go all the way to the geriatric, old age stage.
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  • So, the tree depicts progress.
  • 00:21:46.210 --> 00:21:50.240
  • It also depicts permanence, for you'll notice it says, "He shall
  • 00:21:50.250 --> 00:21:54.200
  • be like a tree planted by the rivers of water."
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  • Can you picture a tree with its roots going deep down into the
  • 00:21:58.120 --> 00:22:01.010
  • soil, deriving the nutrients, anchoring itself, and becoming
  • 00:22:01.020 --> 00:22:05.240
  • a permanent fixture of the landscape?
  • 00:22:05.250 --> 00:22:10.180
  • I have a tree in my backyard I want to tell you about.
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  • It's an unusual tree. It's only 7 years old.
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  • It is, no joke, at least 50 or 60 feet high.
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  • It has had enormous growth.
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  • All my neighbors have said, "So, what's up with that tree?
  • 00:22:24.130 --> 00:22:28.080
  • It's like Jack and the beanstalk tree?"
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  • Because all the other trees in the neighborhood are not like
  • 00:22:30.230 --> 00:22:33.100
  • that tree, even the ones that have been around a while.
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  • So, here's the deal.
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  • I found out--I wanted to find out.
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  • My tree is planted next to a pond.
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  • I have to fill the pond by hand with a hose.
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  • And I'll fill it one day, it will be down the next.
  • 00:22:44.160 --> 00:22:49.030
  • And it's just a little pond that has a pump with a hole
  • 00:22:49.040 --> 00:22:52.290
  • and a rock, and it bubbles, and it makes a nice sound.
  • 00:22:53.000 --> 00:22:55.080
  • But I got to fill it all the time, especially in the summer.
  • 00:22:55.090 --> 00:22:58.050
  • And so, somebody came to my yard one day and goes, "You've got a
  • 00:22:58.060 --> 00:23:01.070
  • tear in the liner of your pond.
  • 00:23:01.080 --> 00:23:04.040
  • You're going to have to rip that out and fix it, there's
  • 00:23:04.050 --> 00:23:06.020
  • something wrong with your liner."
  • 00:23:06.030 --> 00:23:07.200
  • So, pulled up all the rocks, liner was perfect.
  • 00:23:07.210 --> 00:23:11.010
  • Not a tear, not a cut, not a hole, intact.
  • 00:23:11.020 --> 00:23:14.200
  • But we discovered the tree is a very smart tree.
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  • The roots not only go down, but some of the roots have gone up
  • 00:23:20.190 --> 00:23:23.290
  • just above the liner and back down into the pond,
  • 00:23:24.000 --> 00:23:26.110
  • and it's like getting mainlined water.
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  • You turn on the hose, it's going--and that tree's roots
  • 00:23:29.290 --> 00:23:36.210
  • extend into the yard, and it has become this massive,
  • 00:23:36.220 --> 00:23:40.030
  • permanent fixture.
  • 00:23:40.040 --> 00:23:43.010
  • The idea here is permanence.
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  • Planted, not potted, planted by rivers of water.
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  • Same word Jesus used or thought of, it was the same idea
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  • when he said, "Abide in me."
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  • Remember that word?
  • 00:23:54.020 --> 00:23:55.190
  • Good New Testament word, "Abide in me," means remain in me.
  • 00:23:55.200 --> 00:23:59.260
  • Have you ever met a person who's sort of in and out,
  • 00:23:59.270 --> 00:24:03.130
  • back and forth with the Lord?
  • 00:24:03.140 --> 00:24:05.290
  • They make a commitment, they backslide, they make a
  • 00:24:06.000 --> 00:24:07.290
  • re-commitment, they go do their thing, make another
  • 00:24:08.000 --> 00:24:10.200
  • re-commitment.
  • 00:24:10.210 --> 00:24:12.000
  • It's like 40 times.
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  • Yes, God is a God of mercy, but stay put.
  • 00:24:13.190 --> 00:24:20.100
  • David prayed, "Create in me a pure heart, O God.
  • 00:24:20.110 --> 00:24:23.210
  • Renew a steadfast spirit within me."
  • 00:24:23.220 --> 00:24:28.250
  • So, it speaks of progress and permanence.
  • 00:24:28.260 --> 00:24:31.170
  • Also, calling us to be like a tree is productivity.
  • 00:24:31.180 --> 00:24:36.080
  • The next phrase says, "Who brings forth fruit in its
  • 00:24:36.090 --> 00:24:39.010
  • season."
  • 00:24:39.020 --> 00:24:41.230
  • It's not an overnight success, it's seasonal, it takes time to
  • 00:24:41.240 --> 00:24:45.000
  • grow, but he brings forth fruit.
  • 00:24:45.010 --> 00:24:49.000
  • If you've read the Bible very long, you know that fruit is a
  • 00:24:49.010 --> 00:24:51.250
  • picture of--anybody know?
  • 00:24:51.260 --> 00:24:56.020
  • Results, spiritual activity.
  • 00:24:56.030 --> 00:24:59.280
  • If you say something, you better do what you say.
  • 00:24:59.290 --> 00:25:04.160
  • That's the fruit of what you say.
  • 00:25:04.170 --> 00:25:07.180
  • There's got to be evidence, there has to be some activity,
  • 00:25:07.190 --> 00:25:10.090
  • results that show what you say is true.
  • 00:25:10.100 --> 00:25:13.190
  • You'll know them by their fruit, Jesus said.
  • 00:25:13.200 --> 00:25:16.110
  • So, fruit is a picture of results, a picture
  • 00:25:16.120 --> 00:25:19.260
  • of spiritual activity.
  • 00:25:19.270 --> 00:25:21.190
  • But let me add to that. How about this?
  • 00:25:21.200 --> 00:25:24.010
  • Fruit is also a picture of refreshment.
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  • A piece of fruit on a summer day, come on, a
  • 00:25:28.120 --> 00:25:31.100
  • cold watermelon on a day like today, come on.
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  • So refreshing.
  • 00:25:36.260 --> 00:25:38.210
  • A happy person is the kind of person that, to be around,
  • 00:25:38.220 --> 00:25:42.230
  • you feel refreshed.
  • 00:25:42.240 --> 00:25:44.110
  • Ever be around some people, it's like, "Man, I'm so drained."
  • 00:25:44.120 --> 00:25:48.090
  • And there's a place for that, there's time for that.
  • 00:25:48.100 --> 00:25:49.250
  • I understand some people are burdened, and we--but you know
  • 00:25:49.260 --> 00:25:53.240
  • what it's like to be around somebody who fills your tank up,
  • 00:25:53.250 --> 00:25:56.170
  • and you feel refreshed.
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  • And they're usually the type of person described in this psalm.
  • 00:25:59.150 --> 00:26:04.190
  • The Lord spoke of Abraham, and made him
  • 00:26:04.200 --> 00:26:08.060
  • a promise in Genesis 12.
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  • "I will make you a blessing," he said.
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  • "I will make you a great nation. And you shall be a blessing.
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  • You will be a refreshment."
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  • That's the happy person.
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  • 2017 Tour of Israel calendar.
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  • Each month features a beautiful photograph taken by Skip Heitzig
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  • during his recent trip to the Middle East.
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  • Get an up close look at some of the sights of Old Testament
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  • events, the future sights of fulfilled prophecy, and some
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  • of the places Jesus walked.
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  • Order now by calling 800-922-1888, or by visiting
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  • connectiononline.org/offers.
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  • announcer: Thank you for joining us for this teaching
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  • from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque.
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  • announcer: "The Connection" is a presentation of Connection
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  • Communications, connecting you to God's never changing truth
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  • in ever changing times.
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