Sunday, December 5, 2010
How Happy are We!
Psa 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Psa 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
The word blessed comes from the Hebrew word "esher" and it simply means happy.
Abe Lincoln declared that our forefathers brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Many go about that pursuit in varied ways. Their pursuit of happiness may be on the order of financial gain, health, entertainment, comfort, recreation or even sinful pleasures.
However, many rightly pursue God, knowing that He is the true fount of happiness.
In these verses we find that a person's happiness can be realized by having our having sins forgiven and living a clean life with a clear conscience.
Unfortunately, many are blessed by the fact of these events, but have not met up with the feeling of that fact. That is, their sins are washed away and they are living a godly life, but they still are overcome by the enemy's darts of doubt, distress and defeat. They have a hard time coming to grips with who they are in Christ, Whose they are, and what has happened to them.
I imagine that if the average believer were to get hold of the fact that they are completely forgiven, under absolutely no condemnation, that the Holy Spirit has taken up residence within them, never to leave again. If they were to know that every need will be met, that all things will work together for good, that they already are seated in the heavenlies with Jesus, that they have the power of God within them to overcome any and all circumstances, that the enemy is already condemned to defeat, then they would be able to live above the circumstances and find great joy and happiness in the fact of their forgiveness.
Oh, that our knowledge and our emotions would catch up to the facts of our faith. Then could we all be doubly blessed and made happy in our walk with the King.
Psa 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.