Many of us learned the song above when quite young. I did. In thinking about life and where it has taken me, the Lord brought this to mind. Amazingly, I remembered the words which isn’t always possible these days. I have noticed, though, that the verses and songs I learned when young…are much more easily remembered! ( Big thanks to my parents that we memorized so much scripture and spiritual songs.)
HAPPINESS IS THE LORD! It truly is. Finding happiness in our circumstances is sometimes impossible, and if we do…those circumstances change. For the Christian, happiness isn’t based on emotions, feelings, or what difficulties we face today. True Happiness is found in Christ. In this world, it’s so easy to lose sight of that.
I’m NOT saying you won’t experience sadness or sorrow. We are all human, and we all experience a wide range of emotions. Jesus did as well when he walked the earth. I’m not saying your life as a Christian will be sunshine and roses because, it won’t!
WHAT AM I SAYING??
Read some verses on joy and happiness.
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
These verses wrap some things up nicely. It puts rejoicing, prayer, and thankfulness all in one thought. A person will never be happy if they can’t be thankful for EVERYTHING! It doesn’t say to just be thankful for good things. Be thankful for everything because for those in Christ, he can work anything for good. Prayer brings a thankful heart. This is something that I’m learning as I seek to do as Christ would wish. More than anything, prayer has changed ME! With a prayerful mind, be thankful for everything…and rejoice always in Christ Jesus!
It isn’t an easy thing to do because our fleshly nature seeks happiness in things of this world, but that is fleeting. It is a daily thing to put our heart and mind on thankfulness and happiness. It is a choice we must make.
Reading his word and spending time in prayer is the best way for me to find myself in a state of happiness…counting my blessings is definitely another way God has helped me as I daily seek happiness and contentment. Click on the image below to read some good verses on happiness!
Any of you have a verse that helps you? A song that brings joy? A story to share of how God helped you find happiness in a difficult situation? I’d welcome any comments.