â€œA MERRY HEART DOES GOOD, LIKE MEDICINE, BUT A BROKEN SPIRIT DRIES THE BONES.â€ Proverbs 17:22. Alistair Begg has said: â€œA dissatisfied heart is never at peace with God, with itself, or with its fellow manâ€. We desire happiness and people spend their lives seeking it.
Happiness can be elusive and hard to achieve.Â The Bible tells us where to find happiness. Psalm 144:15b: â€œHappy are the people whose God is the Lord.â€Â The first step to happiness is found in making Jesus the Lord of your life.
Proverbs 3:13-14: â€œHappy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than silver, and her gain than fine goldâ€. And, how do we find wisdom?Â All wisdom comes from God!Â James 1:5:â€If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.â€ Godâ€™s wisdom will bring happiness to any who find it and apply it to daily living.
The word blessed can be interpreted as happy.Â The Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-11) give us many instructions for happiness.Â True happiness is not the emotion that the world calls happiness.Â Our godly happiness is perhaps best defined as joy or the state of blessedness. Interestingly, the Beatitudes end with this: â€œBlessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.â€ Matthew 5:11-12. Joy doesnâ€™t depend on our circumstances.Â It comes from God.
I like this song, written by Ira Stanphill:
HAPPINESS IS TO KNOW THE SAVIOR, LIVING A LIFE WITHIN HIS FAVOR, HAVING A CHANGE IN MY BEHAVIOR, HAPPINESS IS THE LORD.
HAPPINESS IS A NEW CREATION, JESUS AND ME IN CLOSE RELATION, HAVING A PART IN HIS SALVATION, HAPPINESS IS THE LORD.
REAL JOY IS MINE, NO MATTER IF TEARDROPS START; Iâ€™VE FOUND THE SECRET, ITâ€™S JESUS IN MY HEART!
HAPPINESS IS TO BE FORGIVEN, LIVING A LIFE THATâ€™S WORTH THE LIVING, TAKING A TRIP THAT LEADS TO HEAVEN,
HAPPINESS IS THE LORD, HAPPINESS IS THE LORD, HAPPINESS IS THE LORD!