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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 5

The Way to be Happiest – Psalm 1:2

Are you still wondering how to be happy?
The local Christian bookstore has a book describing 101 ways for a husband to make his wife happy. Do we need a similar book to help us to be happy? God has already given us instructions for our happiness. The final conclusion is given in Psalm 1:2. “His delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.”
Meditation is not some kind of ritual to perform in order to be happy. It is a condition of our hearts. The Lord chose to use the relationship between a husband and wife to illustrate His relationship with His people. After being married for over 47 years, I have learned that the happiest times in our marriage have been when my goal was to please my wife, rather than expecting her to please me.
This has especially been true when I returned from a trip. I was thinking about how I could please her when I got home (roses, candy, etc.). However, when I returned, I discovered she had been having similar thoughts and had prepared a special meal. We both had a desire to please each other, and this gave both of us great happiness.
The Lord is constantly aware of us and our needs. He came to this earth and died that we might be filled with happiness through an intimate relationship with Him. If you want to experience the happiness that the Lord has prepared for you, meditate (continually think about Him and about His desires for you). The more we think about ourselves and the more we live for ourselves, the less happiness we will experience. However, the more we think about Him and about His desires for us, the more happiness we will experience.
“The life which I now live in the flesh I lie by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).