The viral star known as “Grumpy Cat” died this past week at age seven. She had been quite the sensation as the subject of memes, appearing in commercials, doing sponsorships and appearances, even starring in a movie. Her claim to fame? Being a sour puss. That permanent scowl earned her owners up to 100 million! That angry and sad face was actually due to an underbite and feline dwarfism. I am glad to know that in fact she could have been happy.
Today’s verse talks about being glad, rejoicing, and being happy and joyful. This enviable emotional state is a direct result of realizing what God does for us. He blows away our enemies like smoke (vs. 1). He is a Father to the fatherless and a defender of widows. He even cares for the lonely, placing them in families (vs. 5-6). He is continually showing favor to those who belong to Him. He daily bears us up and He is our salvation (vs.19).
Perhaps the words “happy” and “glad” do not always characterize a believer. I have my share of depression and sadness in the face of longterm difficulties. Whether it be financial woes, health concerns, or the loss of relationship, there are plenty of reasons to have a grumpy face. But in His presence, it can all change. “Before God” I can be glad and rejoice at what He has done for me. Nothing can change His love and the hope He gives. When sadness threatens, I want to run to Him as in His presence is “fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). In His presence I am reminded of all He has done for me. He turns it around.
Thank you Lord, that You chase away my sadness.