the day to understand where true happiness comes from.
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord.” Psalm 119:1 NLT
Many of us are familiar with the song that tells us to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” While it is a wonderful song, as well as a very good idea, happiness proves to be elusive for many people.
Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm of all, but it is also the longest chapter in the Bible. Contained within that Psalm are clear signs that point us to where true happiness can be found.
In a world where material wealth is held up before us in unrelenting displays everywhere we look, there lies a very real danger of succumbing to the temptation to believe that we can only be happy if we, too, are surrounded by everything we see on television, and in newspapers, magazines, and on the internet. The allure that is possessed by many of these meaningless things becomes too great for many of us to resist.
Unfortunately, in order to obtain many of these things, we wind up compromising our integrity, and we damage our relationship with God because we have chosen the wealth of this world over the joy of knowing God better.
Certainly, many of us have known people in unfortunate relationships that are based on the material things that are possessed, rather than on love for each other. How sad to think that anyone would prefer the temporary, false pleasure that a new piece of jewelry or a new car can offer over the happiness that fills our heart when we live our lives for God and follow His instructions for serving others and living honest, loving, and compassionate lives.
Each one of us should ask the Lord to “Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart.” (Psalm 119:34 NASB). We need to also ask Him to “Make me walk along the path of Your commands, for that is where my happiness is found.” (Psalm 119:35 NLT).
When we realize that our only hope for true happiness begins with putting our trust in God and following His instructions, we will find that He is there for us when the pressures of this world bear down on us. “Trouble and distress have come upon me, but Your commands are my delight.” (Psalm 119:143 NIV).
The important thing to remember – the only thing to remember – is that true happiness can not be found in a new watch, a new car, new clothes, or a new television. True happiness can only be found in a relationship with the Lord which will fill our hearts with joy.
Not as flashy as a new car, perhaps, but infinitely more valuable.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson