by Carl Trueman
If there is one question that seems to drive so much of modern life it is that of happiness. What is it? How does one attain it? And perhaps more deeply, how does one know when one has attained it? And it is therefore perhaps fitting that the Psalter, the great hymn book of the soul, begins with a description of what it is that characterized the ‘happy man’.
Readers of the English translation might be surprised by this, for many such translate the first line as ‘Blessed is the man’ not ‘Happy is the man.’ The reason is that the Hebrew word means both things in English. In fact, we might say that not just the word but the concept of blessedness is the same as that of happiness in the Psalmists mind. We live in a world where happiness is typically regarded as a psychological state. The Psalmist’s world is one where happiness is being blessed by God. [Read more…] about Come, Follow Me Week 32 – Psalms 1–2; 8; 19–33; 40; 46