Thursday, April 04, 2013

Happy People

 11Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
 12That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
 13That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
 14That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
 15Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. 
(Psalm 144:11-15, King James Version)

Happy People

What is the key to happiness? What does it take to make happy people? Surprisingly, very few people actually know the answer to that question, yet it appears that the writer of Psalm 144 did! Happiness is not bundled in the abundance of possessions, but rather, true happiness is a gift from the Lord. The Psalmist is correct in asserting, Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

How can he rightly make such a statement? Surely there are many unbelievers who seem to be quite happy. In one sense, happiness is difficult to define. What makes you happy certainly may not make me happy. So how then can we say, Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord? Does that mean that all believers are happy?

I am sure those are the questions you may be asking, and many more as well. What David, the Psalmist is speaking of here is a happiness that is the result of being at peace with God. When all is said and done, what matters the most? Does it matter if we have many possession, are popular, or have built up a name for ourselves? Does it really matter if we have power or are famous? When we reach the end of our lives, none of those things will save us. We can be the best loved ruler ever known to man, but if we are not at peace with God, then we have a very bleak eternity ahead. In the same sense, we can have lived a difficult life of poverty and loneliness, but if we have obtained salvation through Christ, all the shackles will be released upon our deaths. Our future in heaven is assured forever!

The Psalmist describes those who experience great blessing upon this earth, but that blessing is really only the beginning for them. We know that many who love the Lord do experience such blessings on this earth, but many do not. Because we live in a sin-infested world, not all believers experience such great blessings, however, all believers do experience a great peace. In the end, all of the treasures of this world are not to be compared to being at peace with God, our Creator.

Go this day, and seek the Lord. Only in Him will you find true peace, true love, true joy, and true happiness. Go, and in Christ, be a happy people!

God Bless You,

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