Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Psalm 103:1
Everyone has a different idea of happiness. The inspirational speaker and writer Dale Carnegie once wrote: “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” But the Bible teaches that happiness comes from being happy with who God is.
- Deuteronomy 33:29 says, “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help.”
- Psalm 144:15 says, “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!”
- Psalm 146:5 says, “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help.”
- Proverbs 16:20 says, “Whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.”
Whose definition of happiness are you going to follow—Dale’s or God’s? God has made us with great gifts, He has cleansed us with the blood of Christ, and He wants to use us. He doesn’t want us being unhappy with ourselves, but all true happiness comes—not from ourselves—but from Him.
Those who look to Him are radiant.
We are called to a settled happiness in the Lord whose joy is our strength. Amy Carmichael
Psalm 103 • Bless the Lord, O My Soul