The Path to Happiness

How happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction! Happy are those who keep his decrees and seek him with all their heart. – Psalm 119:1-2‬ ‭(CSB‬‬)

What brings happiness? Acquiring more stuff? Getting the promotion? Having lots of friends? Having kids that obey? Those bring a type of happiness. But none of them lead to true and lasting happiness. Any one of these could be gone in an instant taking with it our happiness. David understood that real happiness – the kind that is with us regardless of our circumstances – is found elsewhere. It’s found when we surrender ourselves to God and walk in obediene to his commands. When we do that, we discover that holiness is the path to happiness.

Steadfast

“Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power” (Psalm 106:8 ESV).

Israel had a tendency to forget. God would intervene in a remarkable way and in a short while it was as if nothing had happened. We too have a tendency to forget. We forget all the little ways God has been faithful to us. We forget the big ways he has been faithful to us. We forget that it was not because of anything we did that he saved us but for the glory of his name and the display of his saving power through sinners like us. We forget but he remembers because, “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalm 145:8 ESV).