Have you ever stopped to reflect on what causes you to be happy? Think about what causes you to jump for joy. Are there several reasons that come to mind? What are they? Do they include blessings from God?
We often look for ways to make ourselves happy. We long for something or someone. Our viewpoint is small, typically just of ourselves. Sure, we may look at family from time-to-time, but it’s really about our happiness.
Take a look at today’s passage. Do you see that true joy comes from having learned to acclaim God? What does that mean? It means we praise and give the glory to God. It means we have learned, and now recognize, that all things are from God.
What do we need to happen to us to learn to acclaim God? Unfortunately, for many of us, we need to have something horrible or catastrophic happen. We need to be brought to our knees forcefully. It is quite unfortunate it takes something like that for us to learn. Even then, some of us don’t learn.
Why is it that seems to be the only way we learn? For most of us, it’s due to our individualistic view of the world. I sometimes wonder just how many people are willing to put the greater good ahead of their own personal preferences.
Yet, as we are told in today’s Scripture, if we are willing to put God first, we will rejoice. Does it mean all things are always great? No! It does mean we will experience joy in our life regardless of the circumstances. Who doesn’t want continual joy? Who doesn’t want to feel contentment that it will all work out fine? I suspect we all want that.
A key point to notice in this passage is that we must learn it. We can learn it willingly through reading and experiencing turning it all over to Him. Or we can learn it the hard way, having to be brought to our knees through bad experiences. It really is our choice. In the end, all will fall to their knees to worship God.
I pray we all learn to give God the glory. I pray we come to rejoice in His blessings. I pray each one of us make the choice to turn it all over to God. Learn to praise God. Experience true joy. Rejoice in God. Be righteous in Him.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
They rejoice in your name all day long;
they celebrate your righteousness.