The Path to Full and Lasting Joy
Does God want you to be happy? Yes, but specifically happy in God.
He doesn’t want you to settle for superficial happiness that comes and goes,
but God wants you to have true lasting joy. In fact, God wants you to have the fullest joy and pleasures that never end. He wants your heart to be glad and for you to rejoice in the only thing which is truly satisfying: God Himself. In Psalm 16 we see this kind of joy is only found in God. He is the best. God is the supreme treasure.
1 Preserve me, O God, for in You I take refuge.
2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from You.”
3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.
4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.
5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
You hold my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the LORD always before me;
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let Your Holy One see corruption.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
in Your presence there is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.