Pursuing Happiness


Servant of the Lord
Psalm 34:10, “Those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing”
Psalm 144:15, “Happy are the people whose God is the LORD”
John 15:11, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full”

The pursuit of happiness seems to be a very big deal in today’s society. Many libraries have bookshelves and magazines filled with volumes on this very subject. The "pursuit of happiness" is one of the "unalienable rights" of people enumerated by our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence, along with "life" and "liberty." Are you in pursuit of happiness today? If so, are you looking in the right places for your happiness? Let’s face it everyone wants to be happy, and people follow many pathways that seem to be marked “This Way to Happiness”. Some work hard to accumulate all the wealth they can, while others buy expensive cars, luxury filled homes, and some will even get involved in a worthy cause. Many will choose entertainment while still others head down the route of power or self-gratification. The list is endless and I’m quite sure you could add many more to those I have already mentioned. As __________

Further thoughts:

There are countless people in our world today who are pursuing and looking for happiness in all the wrong places some of which I have already mentioned. In Matthew 5 Jesus describes the way to meaningful and lasting happiness is having the right relationship with God our Creator. When traveling other pathways in your pursuit of happiness will take you on a long journey which will lead only to confusion, disappointment and become dead ends that lead to nowhere. The beginning point of happiness is accepting Jesus Christ as Savior of your life and is outlined for you in God’s Eternal Word.

His route to happiness is found in Psalm 34 and when followed leads to all the advantages we need in this world. Advantages that can be ours no matter if we are rich or poor, healthy or sick, famous or unknown. Genuine happiness, a mood of contentment, joy, and hope, doesn’t even depend on where one lives; however, it does depend on a right relationship with God. I’m mindful of the chorus we sing in our church, which speaks of a personal relationship with God’s Son:

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;
I've found the secret, it's Jesus in my heart!

Happiness is to be forgiven,
Living a life that's worth the living,
Taking a trip that leads to Heaven,
Happiness is the Lord,
Happiness is the Lord,
Happiness is the Lord!

Hymn writer Floyd Hawkins wrote, “I’ve discovered the way of Happiness. I’ve discovered the way of joy. I’ve discovered relief from sadness …When I found Jesus my Lord.” Only He can give happiness and joy that is full (John 15:11) and David stated it this way in Psalm 144:15, “Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!”

Lasting happiness doesn’t come from earthly things but only from Jesus Christ, the Son of God.