our desire for true joy is sabotaged by our pursuit of selfish, foolish and
temporary pleasures. True joy comes from pursuing righteousness.
happy is the man who seeks to find joy in the right place.
is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night. " (Psalm 1:1-2).
blessed means to be filled with a true and abiding joy, a deep and grounded
happiness, and to be in good favour with the Lord. Through the pursuit of what
is good, what is beautiful, and what is true we can experience the kind of joy
we seek in life.
many people make is looking for this joy in all the wrong places. Or even the
right places, but in the wrong way. What I mean by that is if you look for joy
in the things of this world, but don’t bring that under a banner of recognition
that all good things come from above, then we will often find that the things
of this world grow dimmer and that they don’t satisfy. However, when we
recognize that all these good things are gifts from our loving heavenly father,
then the joy is made more real, deep and firm.
what is good, what is from God, and true and abiding joy will be the fruit.