What Makes You Happy?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 31-32; Acts 23:16-35

The one whose wrongdoing is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered over, is truly happy!
The one the Lord doesn’t consider guilty—
    in whose spirit there is no dishonesty—
    that one is truly happy!

When I kept quiet, my bones wore out;
    I was groaning all day long—
    every day, every night!—
because your hand was heavy upon me.
    My energy was sapped as if in a summer drought. 


So I admitted my sin to you;
    I didn’t conceal my guilt.
    “I’ll confess my sins to the Lord, ” is what I said.
    Then you removed the guilt of my sin. 



That’s why all the faithful should pray to you during troubled times,
    so that a great flood of water won’t reach them.
You are my secret hideout!
    You protect me from trouble.
    You surround me with songs of rescue! 


A couple of weeks ago I found myself buying a new car (well, new to me). It wasn’t something I was very excited about doing. I liked my old car. I had it less than a year. For perhaps the first time in my life, I was buying a new car and wasn’t something I wanted to do.

For many of us, or at least for some of the people we know, happiness is something elusive because happiness doesn’t come from a relationship with God. Happiness isn’t even something that comes from within.

Instead, happiness is something that comes from the stuff we can accumulate. A new car will make me happy. It does make me happy, until it doesn’t. For many people, the things of life are the source of their happiness until the new wears off and they are no longer happy with what they have. They need something new to once again make them happy.

It is no secret to those who know me, I love my guitars. I have started collecting them and I do enjoy them. I will tell you a secret if you promise not to tell Cindy (just kidding, she does read this occasionally). My happiness doesn’t come from the guitars, it comes from the music I can make with the guitars, all most all of which is music that sings praises to God. Without God, there would be no music and no need for a guitar.

In today’s psalm, David is singing with joy, he is happy, not because he got him a new chariot or something. David is happy because of the work God does in his life! David knows that without God’s hand, nothing is forgiven and if you have read much of 2 Samuel at all, you know that David, a man after God’s own heart, needed forgiveness as much as any of us.

It seems to me, when I have wronged someone and they forgive me, that forgiveness makes me pretty happy. If I am happy when I get forgiveness from another person, how much greater does it make me feel to know God has forgiven me too.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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