Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever. (A Song of Ascents. Of David. Psalm 131)
How To Find Happiness
There is nothing more basic to the needs of man than his pursuit of inner happiness. Sadly most men seek satisfaction in the temporary things of life and are found wanting. The appeals of the lust of the flesh draw men to the tangled web of deceitful pleasure finding no lasting joy. Pride allows man to believe he is a greater being than what he is but again finds he is nothing more than dust on the scale of time. Happiness is sought in the miser hoarding of stuff trusting in the riches of this world which cannot buy an ounce of contentment. When man exhausts the three principles of moral decay he finds he is more miserable than when he began. Happiness is a fleeting dream to most people because they never seek it where God has placed it. As Creator, the Lord has made man to desire peace and happiness. It is not the pursuit of happiness that is problem but where man tries to find his joy.
David understood the nature of man as the Lord created in the heart a need for happiness. He did not seek it in the normal avenues of man’s desperate perusal of a dying world. His trust was only in the Lord and he found the greatest happiness man can achieve. Happiness cannot come from a heart that is lifted up to think of oneself greater than what he is. Man has been given dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth but he cannot tame his own heart. David found joy when he humbled his heart before God. His eyes were not raised so high that he did not see his creator. There are many things to concern oneself in life but trusting in the Lord to care for those things allows man to dwell on matters that he can understand. What a great feeling that is to let the Lord take care of those weightier matters. Some people are robbed of happiness because they try to grasp things that are beyond the scope of man’s wisdom. David remarked he did not occupy himself with things too great or too marvelous to understand. He trusted in the Lord to reveal His truths to David as the Lord saw fit.
Happiness comes from a calmed and quieted soul that trusts in the Lord. It is hard for man to let go of his pride and allow the Father to guide his life. There will never be any joy in life until man puts his hope in the Lord. Man is limited; God is unlimited. The Lord has a name for every star in the heavens and He cares about every human being on the planet. He knows your name and He cares for you. The Father sent His only begotten Son to die for all nations and wants all men to come to Him and find happiness in this life and the life to come. One of the greatest joys of trusting in the Lord is knowing that contentment and joy will be experienced in life after death. There is no fear in dying because greater happiness is found beyond the grave. Calming the heart and lowering the eyes will bring the joy that man seeks. Trusting in the Lord is where happiness is found. Hope in the Lord.