25 Dec 2018

Happy Are the People Whose God Is the Lord

by Terry Leaman

Start by reading…Zechariah 8:1-23Revelation 16:1-21Psalm 144:1-15Proverbs 30:29-31

Psalm 144:15 says:

“…Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.”

Happiness is the feeling that comes over us when we know that life is good and we can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy or contentment. When people are successful, safe or fortunate, they feel ‘happiness’.

We should be happy today, and not just because it’s Christmas Day and we have family around us, with everything else the festive period brings.

I wonder where we set our sights when it comes to happiness. Do we consider it to be a big deal? Do we analyse whether we are happy or not? According to this psalm, “happy are the people whose God is the Lord”. So if God is your Lord, you should be happy. According to the definition above, this should mean that we experience contentment and joy, are successful and fortunate, and feel safe.

There is such a long list of things God has done for us and created us to be. He is our refuge and our strength, so we should feel safe. He gives us the joy of His salvation, forgiveness, release from bondage and cleansing. Each of us has become a new creation, which should contribute to genuine happiness.

The smile this brings to our beings is good. We develop in our personalities as we grow into the new life God has provided us with. Dominion is a great supplier of joy because we find that we are not vulnerable since the Lord God has given us power over all the evil in our world. Standing in that power delivers true happiness.

Pause and reflect: As Christmas Day plays out, consider all the good things God has done and given you. And have a very Happy Christmas!

Terry Leaman
Terry Leaman

Terry attended Bible College in 1971 and has served Jesus faithfully for more than forty years. He is a missionary pastor to Uganda and a trustee of Ezra UK. Alongside his wife, Helen, Terry lives a life marked by faith. He has a real passion for seeing people inspired to live out their God-given calling.

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