This last Friday was “International Day of Happiness.” It was established by the United Nations in 2012 to focus world attention on economic growth for all. This was done in recognition that happiness is a fundamental human goal. This day is to promote development and alleviate poverty worldwide. Part of this year’s observance was a speech on climate change by the popular singer, Pharrel Williams, who is known for his song, “Happy.” It is such a catchy tune but the lyrics ironically describe happiness as “a room without a roof.”
There are many things that come to mind when thinking about the word, “happy.” The pursuit of happiness is usually associated with the pursuit of economic stability. The thought that happiness is just one purchase away is a hard one to dismiss from my thinking. But I know better. I know that material wealth does not mean happiness as seen by the heartache of many well-to-do friends. True happiness has little to do with what is owned.
Our verse for today makes an association with the word, “happy’ that for many is the last word to come to mind; righteous. Those who have placed their faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin can experience true happiness. To have a heart freed from the guilt of sin is happiness. To have experienced God’s unmerited favor regardless of a spotted past is a real reason for happiness. To know that my future in Heaven is secured by His pardon gives a whole other meaning to “happy.” This is a happiness that cannot be shaken by any circumstance on earth!
Jesus, thank You for that happy day when You washed my sins away!