The question often is asked, what makes a person truly happy? Is it that new MacBook Air or iPhone you have been wanting? Perhaps if you could have a relationship with that one girl you have a crush on you would be happy, or maybe if you had different parents or a new television you would be happy? What about if you had 1 million dollars would you then be happy? In each case none of these items and possession or status symbols will ever bring about true satisfaction. Everyone is always searching for something which will bring them satisfaction and a feeling of purpose in life, but what does Scripture have to say on this issue? Looking at Psalm 1 there is a key theme laid out which answers this question. Psalm 1 opens up in this way, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.” The word blessed conveys a similar idea to what is seen in Matthew 5 when Jesus lists the beatitudes and has a truth which answers our question on finding true happiness. Reading further in Psalm 1:2-3 it says “but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” True happiness is not found in anything this world has to offer, instead it is found in something far greater; Jesus Christ. The Christian finds happiness and satisfaction in Christ and Christ alone, meditating on the truths of God’s Word and then applying them to his lifestyle. Merely having a knowledge of Scripture or reading it daily does not lead to a person being changed, rather a person who is meditating on these truths and living the Gospel out daily is the person who Scripture declares to be blessed, to have found true happiness and satisfaction. Jesus illustrates this clearly when He gives the illustration of a person who finds a pearl “of great price” and upon finding this pearl gives up everything he has in order to obtain it. The pearl of great price represents God, the Kingdom of Heaven, and the relationship of what a person who is saved must do; give up everything. The truly born again will be like the man who gives up everything to get the pearl of great price, we will crucify all of our self-desires and passions in order to live for Christ, for as Paul said “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” Remember Solomon who declared all things to be in vain in comparison with living for and serving God. He had all the women he could want, riches, prestige, power, a good name; yet all this still failed to bring him satisfaction in life. Adam Clarke puts it this way below:
1. God made man for happiness.
2. Every man feels a desire to be happy.
3. All human beings abhor misery.
4. Happiness is the grand object of pursuit among all men.
5. But so perverted is the human heart, that it seeks happiness where it cannot be found; and in things which are naturally and morally unfit to communicate it.
6. The true way of obtaining it is here laid down.
The question we must ask ourselves is, do we seek God as our true delight or are we spending our life living for the world and trying to find happiness in something which the Bible declares vanity?