Most everyone I know wants to be “happy.” “Happy” is defined as “free of problems, feeling good about life, having a good time, and wearing a perpetual smile.” I think most of us know that in this broken world in which we live to experience unending happiness is outside of the realm of possibility. Yet, “happiness” continues to be the goal of many, if not most people.
Life as we know it is an almost continuous string of troubles, disappointments, sorrow, loss, and pain. We have our moments of calm, flashes of unbridled fun, but they are soon replaced by another challenge. I’ve discovered something in the Psalms that gives me hope, a goal greater than happiness, and it is joy. In Psalm 9, I find David writing about his enemies, the wicked in the land, and rogue nations that have rebelled against God. With all of that going on around him, David sings, “I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.”
There is a connection between being filled with joy and singing to the Lord. I see it in Psalm 5:11-12; 9:2; 32:11; 67:4; 90:14; 92:4. In Psalm 7, before I ever get to the first verse, I read, “A psalm of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush of the tribe of Benjamin.”
I’ve got to learn to sing. I don’t mean find a voice coach and take singing lessons. I mean that I’ve got to learn to sing in the midst of my trials, to hum along with the cadence of Heaven’s joyous praises regardless of what is going on in my life. My prayer today, Lord, is that You would put a song in my heart and empower me to sing so that Your joy might displace the disappointment and sorrow that comes frequently in this life.