Daily Dose — May 30, Ascending the Psalms

What is the secret to happiness?

Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways. You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. The Lord bless you from Zion. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel! (Psalm 128)

“Happy is everyone who fears the Lord…”  We don’t often equate happiness with fear.  What does the psalmist mean?  To fear the Lord is for have great reverence for the Lord.  To hold the Lord God Almighty as Holy, worthy of all honor and praise, as the One we bow before in submission is to fear the Lord.  This “fear of the Lord” becomes the lens through which you live your life.  You seek to live a life of obedience and submission- honor and respect for our God.

“Happy/Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who follow His ways.” From reverential fear flows obedience.  Jesus spoke to obedience.  He said, “If you love me, keep my commands.”  (John 14:15)  Love and obedience have a binding connection. What is the secret to happiness?  Loving God, obeying God; and following in His ways. It is much as the hymn says, “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.”  --Rev. Terri Henkel