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Happiness Seekers . . . Listen Up!

Who doesn’t want to be happy? I mean, I’ve known a few gloomy “Eeyore” types . . . so I’m exempting them, but really, I think that deep down everyone yearns to be happy. No one wants to start their day in the pit.

Everyone seems to be looking for the key to happiness . . . and do I have good news . . . today, I’m sharing the key! 

Yesterday, I gave you a fairly heavy word of warning as we started off in Psalm 1. I told you this passage offers a fork in the road. Thankfully, there is a fork! You don’t have to follow the pathway of death. You can choose life. You can choose to be blessed. You can find the key to happiness!

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked . . .”

Okay, pause here and go back to read yesterday’s post if you missed it, so you can get the full benefit of the contrast that the Psalm presents. The contrast is really a description of what you will choose to shape your thinking and living—what will be THE influential factor in your life.

[box]“But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.” (v. 2)[/box]

The Key to Happiness

The key to happiness (being blessed) is eating, drinking, and pretty much literally breathing God’s Word. The Word is our oxygen. It is life-giving. Meditating on God’s Word leads to blessing because God’s Word contains the truths we need if we’re to function rightly in His creation. That includes (first and primarily) knowing who God is and how to relate to Him, but also how to relate to others.

God’s Word provides the means for enjoying all of life. 

[box]“O, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
How sweet are thy words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (119:97, 103)[/box]

The description of those who love God’s Word is in stark contrast to the description of the wicked:

[box]He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.[/box]

Firmly Planted

Firmly planted by streams of water reminds me of being nourished by Christ—the living water. Being firmly planted sounds like the stability that comes when I abide in Him. When I’m fully focused on the fact that He is sovereign . . . which means He is working out His plans in my life . . . and He is trustworthy, then I can confidently stand in the face of any storm. When my heart is ruled by these truths, I will not be shaken, but will be firmly planted, abiding in Him.

Fruitful

When we’re delighting in God’s Word, we’ll be living it out in our daily lives and when we do that, we’ll be fruitful. I like that. I’m all about that. Being productive in God’s kingdom . . . there is nothing I can do that brings greater joy to the Father than being fruitful:

[box]My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. (John 15:8)[/box]

I’ve found that there is nothing that brings me greater happiness and joy than experiencing God at work! Happiness seekers, this is the key! Press in deeply, soak up all God has for you, and expend yourself in being fruitful for His kingdom . . . there’s no greater joy!