Fathers… You must be preparing the members of your family to taste everlasting happiness. This ultimate objective should guide your family life today. Keep the end in mind. Charles Spurgeon speaks to this pivotal part of family life - the Happy Father. Spurgeon preached on Psalm 118:14-15, The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
The Psalm speaks of home life. The word, “tents,” refers to private homes where husbands, wives, and children dwell. What makes this man tick? Happiness! His happiness is in his salvation and the promises God has made. Here are some excerpts of a sermon Charles Spurgeon preached on family life. He speaks much about the impact of the head of the household on the family. His influence is a joyful influence.
He makes others happy
“This joy is contagious—it spreads like a sweet perfume. The happy man makes others happy. The man who is full of the blessedness of God overflows for others. Music is not alone for him who makes it, but for all who have ears! The happy man’s influence is first felt at home.”
He spreads joy
“Certain believers, however, spread joy through a large number of families—not only those to which they belong according to the flesh, but among all the families of Zion, they scatter comfort!”
He makes his home a paradise, like Eden
“Once, paradise was man’s home, and now, to the good man, his home is paradise.
When any man is blessed of God so that he can teach the word, and preach it with power, he sheds joy over all the families with which he comes in contact. Aspire, dear brothers, to shine widely, as a candle set upon a candlestick gives light to all that are in the house!”
His fear of God makes him happy
“To fear God tends to make a man happy in every way—mentally, physically, socially, as well as spiritually. It is light to the eyes, music to the ears, and honey to the mouth. It is universally a sweetener.”
It is a spiritual joy, not dependent on earthly treasures
“Yes, the chief joy in the tabernacles of the righteous is a spiritual one! A joy of the father because he is saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation. A joy of the mother because she, too, has had her heart opened, like Lydia, to hear and to receive the word. A joy of the dear children as they offer their little prayers, and as they talk of Jesus whom their soul loves.”
You can read the whole sermon here: https://ncfic.org/resources/201001