I know God likes to hear me laugh. Jesus wants me to be joyful and glad.
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Psalm 68:3
God is so good. He is in a good mood all the time. He loves and never stops loving. He is loyal and faithful to us all. He is God. There are none others. Not money or credit cards or 401k’s. He alone is worthy of our faith and love.
So, let’s shout it out!!
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Happiness, true happiness, comes from keeping one foot in front of another on His road. He speaks to my heart in a frank and direct way. I hear him. Will I listen and do?
You’re more than happy when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me. Psalm 119:1-8
- Psalm 112. The Happiness Of A Good Person. The Blessed State Of The Righteous (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- The Pursuit of Blessedness (5ptsalt.com)
- Guardrails- Clearing Your Conscience…the message I never got to preach! (deandeguara.com)
- Psalm 1 NIV (lwharper.wordpress.com)
There is something horribly wrong with a “victim mentality”. It is complete and total mistrust of God. God is in control. He is in a good mood. He loves us and wants the best for us. God makes everything come out right. Not a few things. Not things occasionally. He is the God of making everything RIGHT.
How easy it is though to not trust Him and wallow in our misery. Too easy some days. I can see clearly what He isn’t doing in my life. I am happy however when I focus on what He is doing.
So … God makes everything come out right. That is that and that is all there is to it.
God makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet. Psalm 103
It all starts at home. Work is important and so is the church, but living love out at home is where it all starts and ends. It can’t be faked at home. Either I do things out of love with a blameless heart or I don’t. Everyone at home knows.
And so I seek to do every act at home out of pure love. No selfishness. No boasting. No ego gratification. Only love.
I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. Psalm 101:2
I must find the place of worship. I must open my eyes. In His generous love, I can really live. It is about His strength. It is about His glory. I must praise Him in an excessive way. I must go overboard in my thanks.
So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open,
drinking in your strength and glory.
In your generous love I am really living at last!
My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless you every time I take a breath;
My arms wave like banners of praise to you. Psalm 63
It is God’s goal for me to align my heart with my words in a way that is acceptable to God. I am to love Him and others with all my heart. Do my words reflect that? Does God’s love in my heart cause me to think amazing things and then act in a way that reflects His love?
Beyond what I have to say, is what I am thinking and meditating on acceptable to God?
May I align God’s love in my heart with what I say.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14