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1 Bible 2Psalm 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”
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Happiness is hard to define but most people are aware of whether they are happy or not. Many people believe that happiness is a form of luck and that some people are destined to be happy while others are destined to be unhappy. Webster defines happiness as a state of well-being and contentment, joy, or a pleasurable satisfaction. Are you a happy or unhappy person? How would you define happiness in your life? Helen Keller said that happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us, which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves. So what would your definition of happiness be? You would have to admit that everyone has had their share of both laughter and sorrow? Although we naturally enjoy laughter much more than tears, we would also have to admit most of the wisdom we have gained along the way we owe to the sad times. Yet, many Christians are obsessed with the pursuit of personal happiness. In today’s society, there are numerous pathways all over the landscape that seem to be marked “This Way to Happiness”. What are some of these pathways?

(1) Some people travel the money path.
(2) While others follow the way of entertainment,
(3) While still others, head down the route of power or self-gratification.

The writer of Ecclesiastes rated these pursuits as foolishness. Genuine happiness, a mood of contentment, joy, and hope, doesn’t depend on the pathways of this world. It depends on a right and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As David observed so succinctly in Psalm 144:15, “Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!” Thus, the only road to happiness is the course God has clearly outlined in His precious Word. God’s route to happiness can be found in Psalm 34. In just 14 verses, David charts a course for us, that 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.
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Further thoughts:

So, what is our greatest need in life? Is it to be happy? Is it to be rich? Is it to be famous? We may long for a change in our circumstances, and sometimes that is what we get, however, a changed heart and life is our deepest and greatest need. Changed circumstances may make us happier, but a changed life will make us better, for it will make us like Christ. True happiness comes only from knowing Jesus Christ. I will conclude with a song written by Ira F. Stanphill who was an Assemblies of God pastor, singer, gifted musician, and Gospel songwriter. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1981, and his autobiography, “This Side of Heaven”, was published in 1983. The song he wrote in 1968 is among one of my favorites and entitled “Happiness Is to Know the Savior”:

Happiness is to know the Saviour,
Living a life within His favour,
Having a change in my behaviour,
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 the teardrops start,
I’ve found a secret,
It’s Jesus in my heart.

Happiness is to be forgiven,
Living a life that’s worth the livin’,
Taking a try that leads to Heaven,
Happiness is the Lord.

Real joy is mine,
No matter if the teardrops start,
I’ve found a secret,
It’s Jesus in my heart,
Jesus in my heart.

Happiness is to be forgiven,
Living a life that’s worth the livin’,
Taking a trip that leads to Heaven,
Happiness is the Lord,
Happiness is the Lord,
Happiness is the Lord.
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To know happiness, get to know Jesus.

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