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How To Find Joy

by Jason on August 22, 2011

A little passage in Psalms struck me this morning and I thought I’d share the wisdom to get us thinking this week.

It seems that all of us are searching for meaning, happiness, purpose, or something more in this life to satisfy our souls.

Whether we admit it or not, deep in our hearts is a longing to know how to find joy.

Sure we can try to find joy in things like keeping a joy journal or finding a true friend, but what’s the ultimate answer to ultimate happiness?

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As I was reading Psalm 4, I noticed something David said about how to find joy that I thought was a great reminder!

Check out Psalm 4:6-7:

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?  Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”

You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

How to Find Joy

Here’s a few things that I noticed:

1. Money isn’t the source of our joy

Yes, there is a certain amount of happiness and satisfaction that comes from money.

When our “grain and wine abound” we receive joy, but it isn’t the source of our joy.

Joy from money is fleeting.

Our delight in the latest deal, sale, gadget, or the landing of a big contract always fades away.

2. God is the source of joy

You have put more joy in my heart”, David says about God.

God is the one in whom we find joy.  Lasting, ultimate joy.

Why?

Because that is how He created the world to be.

There is a rhythm to the way God created this world where people have a relationship with Him and are satisfied in Him.

Unfortunately, when sin entered the picture in Genesis 3, the rhythm of the world was hijacked.

Now we run to all other vices, devices, work, relationships, and hobbies trying to find joy.

3. How to find joy in God?

So how do we do this?  The answer lies in verse 5:

Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.

Psalm 51is helpful in understanding what right sacrfices means:

  1. A broken spirit
  2. A broken and contrite heart

In other words, we recognize our sin, acknowledge it before God, turn away from it in humble repentance, and put our trust in Him.

The gospel is where we begin to find joy.

Everlasting happiness.

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