All people have a natural desire to be happy. This is built into us by our Maker himself. The desire to be happy is not a problem. The problem is that we tend to search for this happiness in the wrong places. We think, “If only I could be married, then I will be happy.” “If only I could have children, then I will feel fulfilled.” “If only I had money, then I would be content.” “If only I was skinny, or organized, or my own boss or well rested, THEN I would be happy.”
When searching for happiness where should we look and what should we pursue? The writer of Psalm 119 tells us that blessing and joy are found in God’s word. Here are 3 reasons.
1. God is found in the Word
The words found in our Bibles are not just the ramblings of a bunch of men who decided to write down some of their history, experiences, sayings, or sermons. Our Bible is the very word of God. He chose to speak through people, causing them to write down exactly what he wanted his people to read and know.
The Scripture goes by many names in this Psalm. It is called his law, testimonies, precepts, statutes, commandments, and rules. And for the Psalmist the law and precepts were not heavy burdens to bear, they were a delight to him for in them he sees God.
Your testimonies are my delight;
they are my counselors.
In all of his word God has chosen to reveal who he is, how he operates, and how we are to live so that we can find the deepest kind of joy.
2. The right way of living is found in God’s word
We know that living a life pleasing to God brings blessing and joy. But sometimes it is hard to know what the right way is. How should I handle the various relationships in my life, what should my conduct be as a child of God, how should I handle my finances?
It is often said that God’s word is like a road map that shows us the way to go, the way of happy holiness.
There he will find every turn of the road, marked down, every slough and miry place pointed out, with the way to go through unsoiled; and there too, he will find light for his darkness, comfort for his weariness, and company for his loneliness.
3. Salvation is found in God’s Word
Salvation is our biggest need. We all fall short in every way because God’s standard is perfection and we are not perfect. We don’t know God the way we should, we don’t love God’s word the way we should, and we don’t live godly lives the way we should. We need to rescue from our sin and help to walk with God.
Jesus, who is himself called The Word of God, has known the father perfectly, loved the ways of God perfectly, and lives in perfect submission to the will of God. He has done what we have not. And in his death on the cross he paid for all our failings. We can only delight in God’s word after we have been rescued by The Word.
Ultimately the pages of our Bibles are about Christ. He is the answer to all the longings in our soul. He is the one who saves, who comforts, who guides, who prays over us, who causes us to grow, who corrects us when needed and who is our ultimate source of delight and joy.
Therefore our Bibles should be our most prized earthly possession. Like the Psalmist we need to know it, read it and meditate (vs. 15) on it and call it our delight for that is where we find Jesus. Then joy will grow whether our lives are filled with sunshine, rain, or storms.
Looking To Jesus,