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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 1

A God for a Happy New Year! – Psalm 1

Are you confident this year will be a happy one?
When you look back at the end of this year, will you be able to say, “It really has been a happy year”? Some people will not have a happy year. Can you and I do anything that will make this a happy year?
God has already done His part. He created us to continually experience happiness through an intimate relationship with Him. “Happy is that people, whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 144:15).
There is something you and I can do to experience the happiness God wants us to have. A simple paraphrase of Psalm 1:1, 2 could read, “How happy are those people who delight in the Lord!” Verse two describes the happy person as one whose “delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” Try substituting “desire” or “will” for “law” in this verse, and you will have an understanding of what God desires.
We do not need to focus on learning about Him, but on knowing Him. For example, you will never be able to become a close friend to another person just by learning about them. You must interact with them and have experiences with them to develop a relationship. God already loves us. We cannot gain any more of His acceptance or special favor by “doing” things. Psalm 1:2 suggests that we should, “meditate day and night.” Consistently think about Him. For example, ask yourself, “How can I show Him I love Him? What does He think about our relationship? How can I be closer to Him?” Delight in Him!
What does it take to make a person happy? There are many answers to this question, but Psalm 1:3 gives a very unique description of happiness, even though the word is not used. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
God has done what He needs to do for you to enjoy a happy New Year. Now it is up to you to develop your relationship with Him.
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (v. 2).