Thursday, April 11, 2013

We're All Happy

So often in relationships the partners are not seeing eye to eye at the same time.  One party is troubled while another party is content and another is uncertain.  This is what makes tending a relationship like a garden hard work, so often.  How can I be sensitive to the troubles of the other while I’m celebrating my recent success? 

I rejoice in what I find in scripture that reveals what our relationship with the Lord could be, and how simple it could be for all parties to thrive in joy as partners.

Psalm 146 shows something about being happy in relationship with God.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
    on that very day their plans perish. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God, -- Psalm 146: 3-5

We find happiness in our relationship with God, and, perhaps happiness, in general, when we know God as our help, when he has shown us his goodness and grace in our lives and circumstances.  When we hope in God, happiness is a fruit.  With that we rejoice. 

From God’s perspective, happiness and pleasure is worth acquiring, and it’s acquired when his created hope in him alone.  With that, God sees the folly in trusting war horses or marathoners.  In comparison, the horses and runners fail.  God delights in those who see him like no one and nothing else, and they place their sure hope in him. God finds where delight or pleasure cannot be found, and where it is found – trust and hope of his created.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner; but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. – Psalm 147: 10-11

We are happy in God’s help & grace coming to us, and the Lord finds pleasure when we hope in him.  Look at the by product of our delight & pleasure placed in God:
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37: 4

When we look promptly at the goodness of God that has come to us, if we truly see, happiness can be ours.  When we affirm his grace and mercy lovingly poured out on us, our hope in him will truly grow, and what will be the result in this relationship of sovereign and subject?  God has pleasure and delight, joy and happiness, when we hope and affirm his grace given to us.  When we’re happy in what our heavenly Father has done for his children, God finds pleasure and joy in his heart, as well. 

This is our relationship with God.  With pleasure, we live in each others' presence, and we find happiness in each other giving to each other and receiving from each other. 

What happened to that angry God image?  It left when the blood of his dear son poured out for the deliverance and salvation of his creation that he still loves. 

Delight and rejoice in the love of our Father for us, his precious creation.  Place your hope in him, and he will find pleasure in embracing you, his dear child.  Alleluia!

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