Last Sunday’s patriotic sermon took us into the biblical book of Psalms. Over this weekend of national celebrations, I also heard mention of a phrase from one of our nation’s founding documents about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Psalm 1 reminds us that such a quest may hinge on our life-giving relationship with God.
1 Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
Let’s spend some time this week focusing on the God who created us to pursue happiness.
Help me, dear God, to be nourished by Your word in such a way that I will continue to produce good fruit in my life, as I realize the happiness You have planned for me as a disciple of my Lord and Savior Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.