In Psalm 51: 12 “ Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit”.
Of course you’ve noticed how the grandchildren of every grandparent are the most beautiful and most intelligent in the world, of course they are. I was talking to a grandmother not long ago and she told about her granddaughter that had just graduated college. She made the statement, “She only had one B in 4 years of college.” I replied, “I only had one B in college too. It was the happiest day of my life.”
What does it take to make us happy? We live so many lies. We tell ourselves all kinds of garbage trying to convince ourselves that things of this world will bring happiness. Will we ever realize, this life is temporary, only those things of God are eternal. Psalm 102:3 “For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace.”
Daniel 12: 4, “even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro.” I often wonder if those words written by Daniel 2600 years ago are referring to our search for happiness.
In Psalm 51: 12 “ Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit”. King David was praying to restore his and God’s relationship. In order to feel complete David knew he had to regain that extreme satisfaction, peace and contentment of the day he received God as his eternal companion. The joy of his longing was fleeing from him and his overwhelming desire was to have it back.
Do you remember the day of your salvation? Or, perhaps you have not yet had that experience. The Bible teaches, when we believe, at that initial moment of belief we receive the Holy Spirit. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 6: 19 taught that the bodies of believers are temples of the Holy Spirit. In other words, God lives in us. That is exactly where He wants to be. In Matthew 3: 11, we are told, Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit.
If you have received the spirit of God, do you remember the day of your salvation? The day of my salvation was over sixty-five years ago and I remember it like it was happening right now. My wife says I can’t remember what happened 65 minutes ago and that is absolutely correct. However, that day of my salvation was so special, I will never forget it.
It was Easter Sunday 1955. The old church my parents attended was not in good structural shape. The congregation must have had infinite faith and trust in God just to sit in there for a couple of hours. At the end of every church service, an invitation was given. That was asking anyone desiring salvation, church membership or such needs to come forward. For several months I had eased out into the isle wanting so bad to go forward, but I thought I was too young.
Finally, on that Easter Sunday after the service, I asked the pastor, “How old do I have to be to be saved?” I can see his face and hear his voice from all those years ago. He said “David was eight years old when he was saved.” That was all I needed to hear! That became the day of my salvation.
I was so happy. I even forgot about baseball for a while. I couldn’t wait to get to school the next morning to tell my first grade teacher, “I got saved yesterday!” Now, I don’t want you thinking I was eight years old and still in the first grade. It’s just that my second grade teacher was a Presbyterian and we were Baptists.
As the years went by, like many other humans with a brain, mine tended to stray away from the faith. I believe the entire Bible but I really like Proverbs 22: 6, Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I am living proof that verse is true.
I can look back into my life and think of many things to be thankful for. But I must say, at the top of the list, is that my parents brought me up in a Christian home and taught me right from wrong. That’s not to imply I’ve been perfect; far from it.
The dictionary defines joy as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. From a Christian point of view, joy is a feeling of great satisfaction, safety, comfort, and contentment. This infinite joy can only come from the Lord. We humans (even Christian humans) are still reaching for those material things that just won’t get the job done.
The scripture provides us with examples of how material things cannot produce happiness. Ecclesiastes 5:10 “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves silver is never satisfied. This too is meaningless” Nothing on this earth produces the completeness like the spiritual walk with God.
Cynthia Nelms said “Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.” Happiness is a choice we each have and the secret (and it’s no secret) is spiritual and in the connection we have with our creator.
God created us with the ability to believe or disbelieve. Millions of lives have been changed because of beliefs. One’s happiness is within the mind and soul. Never allow someone to steal your happiness and that includes Satan by causing you to disbelieve.
The most important belief in Christianity is, Christ crucified for the remission of sin and resurrected. It’s your choice.