Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Psalm 32:11
The idea and concept of being happy is an innate part of our human makeup. In other words, God created us to pursuit and be happy. Whether we are children, teenagers or adults, our hearts longing is to be happy and content.
Blaise Pascal the religious philosopher of the sixteenth century correctly summed up this fact of humanities makeup: All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even to those who hang themselves.
Seeking happiness in life was never intended by God to be a pursuit of things temporary and of this world. The true content and heart of happiness is only ever centered in God Himself. All else may give a temporary happiness but of no lasting value. Solomon, after exploring every avenue out side of God, could only sum up and say “vanity of vanities all is vanity” (Eccl. 12:8)
As believers in Jesus Christ, we know the blessedness of being at peace with God, because we have been reconciled to our creator by the death of Christ. On the cross he bore our sins and has on our behalf declared us as righteous in God’s sight. There is no pursuit on earth that can meet that reason to be happy!
All the earth’s treasures don’t even come near! We can rejoice like no other because we find our joy in God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Billy Sunday the evangelist of the nineteenth century once said “If you have no joy, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere.”