Here are the 7 habits of chronically unhappy people:
Your default belief is that life is hard.
You believe most people can't be trusted.
You concentrate on what's wrong in this world versus what's right.
You compare yourself to others and harbor jealousy.
You strive to control your life.
You consider your future with worry and fear.
You fill your conversations with gossip and complaints.
It’s a way to find true JOY.
Studying the context and the depth of meaning of these three actions in Psalm 1: 1,2 can be a great boost
to shift your attitude and bring happiness. They are NOT to walk, stand, and sit!
Ps 1:1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
Stand= abide, or to take one’s stand.
Sit=remain or dwell.
Do you notice the progression? Basically, the Psalmist is conveying the message that happiness (happy is the man) doesn’t come to those who approach, become aquatinted with, and then reside with those who have a negative influence. They are wicked=evil, sinners=offenders/sinful, scoffers=mockers (form of speech that is unhealthy and destroys.)
But…happy is the man who delights in the law of the Lord. The law here means Torah or direction/instruction. In His law he meditates (utters, speaks, growls, to moan, ponder, muse) day and night. My thought is that one who truly ponders to the point of deep emotion and then acts on God’s direction and instruction is one who finds pleasure or delight. It boils down to having a right relationship – vertically – with the Father. Then, horizontally, others are affected. Smiles are contagious and people are drawn to happy people! Your outward countenance will be radiant.
Look at Jonah 4:6
So the LORD God appointed a plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was extremely happy about the plant.
Psalms 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.
Proverbs 17: 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Now, back to why I chose this music video to share with you. When I first saw the video, I couldn’t help but think of David dancing before the Lord. He was so happy that the result was dancing. His heart was light. Nothing was held back as he danced with all of his might! That my friend is a happy heart!
2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might;
When I choose to keep my relationship with Jesus close, and put others before myself, it is then that others take notice of the joy that is on my face and in my heart! Did you notice verse 18 of Romans 14?
For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
Serving Christ through righteousness, peace and joy is acceptable to God and causes others to watch and your actions bring approval. They become in agreement.
After this week of many graduations, Mother's Day, and special times with family and friends, let me remind you that true happiness can only be found in Christ. There will be many more occasions that your happiness will be hijacked. It is important to remember the words of James, "Count it all joy..." and don't forget to dance in the midst of it!
Romans 15:13 May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.
When I went to church this past Sunday, I was surprised that the preacher spoke about happiness! I think it was conformation for me in writing this blog, but he had some interesting points and shared something that I had never picked up on!
Romans 14:17 "for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.18 For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
“God’s kingdom is characterized by these 3 words: righteousness, peace, and joy.
Through faith in Christ, we receive these blessings as “kingdom citizens.” Through the power of the Spirit, we can experience these blessings in our daily lives.
- In relationship to God: Don’t give in to sin but live in righteousness. J
- In relationship to one another: Put off selfishness and pursue peace. O
- In life in this world: Stop complaining and start rejoicing!” Y
With a happier heart!
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