Did that title light a longing in your heart? Do you yearn to find happiness? Wouldn’t it be great to have a life full of joy?
The Word of the Lord lights the path to joy. David recognized this, and as a result he calls God’s Word his greatest treasure. Wouldn’t this also be considered a great treasure today—to have a formula or method or prescription for filling life with joy?
Make me walk along the path of your commands,
for that is where my happiness is found.
If we read the verses following this verse, we can conclude that in David’s day people were looking for happiness in many of the same places people seek joy today: in the accumulation of money, in self-promotion and power, in all the same things our modern world promotes as the keys to happiness.
But we will find our happiness just where David did—in the paths of God’s commands.
The joy in searching for and following the Lord flows through and grows in our lives even when circumstances around us are not “happy.” In verse 143, the psalmist says that when “pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” In another verse, David admits misery, but even then the joy he has found in God’s word sustains him (see verse 92).
This declaration contrasts with the message of a world that says life must be rosy and filled with gratification for one to be happy. David’s message is, instead, that only the Word of God will feed and grow a joy that lives even through misery and stress and hard times.
Can you identify with some of David’s feelings? Ever feel pressure and stress suffocating you? Ever feel overcome with misery? Hope knows that in God’s Word we find the keys to joy — even during the hard times.
Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
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