The secret to happiness is no secret. God reveals in His word the source of true happiness…*the sense of knowing and receiving God’s best, His highest good.
Ezra had set his heart to study, do, and teach the word. The Psalmist, David, knew what Ezra knew. He penned that knowledge in Psalm 119. Both men set their hearts on knowing God. They found Him through His word. We can, too.
“Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,
and that seek him with the whole heart…
Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever:
for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes always,
even unto the end…
I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.”
(Ps. 119:2; 119:111,112; 119:162.)
*Blessed…Happy is the one who keeps God’s testimonies…commandments, statutes, laws, and seeks…earnestly desires God with the whole heart…the complete emotion, will, and reason.
When we incline our hearts to take God’s word as our possession, our inheritance, not just to know it but to also do it, our heart will know rejoicing. We find eternal treasure of rejoicing in God’s word. For it is that which spoils our enemy. It is the sword we’ve been given to defeat our enemy and walk in victory. When Satan tempted Jesus, He met each temptation with the word of God. “It is written, It is written again, for it is written.” Jesus knew the word. He spoke the word. He obeyed the word.
The apostle Paul admonished followers of Christ to:
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph. 6: 17.
Setting our heart on the Lord produces true happiness. We look at creation and see the beauty, power, wisdom, and grace of God. But to truly know Him, we need to hear Him, see Him, touch Him, and understand His heart.
Our heavenly Father speaks to us today through His Son, the living Word.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” Heb. 1:1,2.
“Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith not them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you:
but he that sent me is true;
and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them,
When ye have lifted up the Son of man,
then shall ye know that I am he,
and that I do nothing of myself;
but as my Father hath taught me,
I speak these things.”
John 8: 25-28.
“And there was a cloud that overshadowed them:
and a voice came out of the cloud, saying
This is my beloved Son:
Seven times in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation Jesus repeats the phrase:
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
*Hear…understand, receive, and obey the message conveyed.
The Father has shown us Himself through the God the Son.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.”
“Who being the brightness of his glory,
and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Heb. 1:3.
We can touch Him. He is approachable.
“All things are delivered unto me of my Father:
and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father;
neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son,
and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:27-30.
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that ye may know that ye have eternal life,
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
And this is the confidence that we have in him,
that, if we ask any thing according to his will,
he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
1John 5: 13-15.
The word gives us to understand Jesus’ heart, what His heart is set on.
“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost…
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven,
that one of these little ones should perish.”
“Jesus saith unto them,
My meat is to do the will of him that sent me,
and to finish his work.”
“I have glorified thee on the earth:
I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,
It is finished:
and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19: 30.
We are admonished:
“If ye then be risen with Christ,
seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above,
not on things of the earth.”
“But seek ye first
the kingdom of God and his righteousness:
and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Do you want to be blessed of God, receiving His highest good for you? Seek…covet, desire diligently with perseverance, in His word to know and do it. There you find happiness that doesn’t fade in the trials or sad times of life. It’s not always a smile on your face but it is a smile in your heart. For you know God is working His best in your life.
How has God blessed you this week?
*Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, and the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible were used as reference tools.