Finding Happiness

Hey, I am so excited; I just got a post card in the mail with a bunch of coupons on it from the Pizza Ranch—it even says I’m a “preferred customer.” Now you might wonder, what’s the big deal about some coupons, but on the other side of the card, it says “We Specialize in Happiness.” Just think about it, isn’t our greatest desire happiness? Isn’t the deep longing of our soul to be happy? And now all I have to do is head over to the Pizza Ranch.
How about you, are you happy? Maybe you could consider heading over to the Pizza Ranch too. Now, they would admit, it’s not easy keeping everyone happy, however they count it a privilege to keep you and me happy by serving us ALL of the food we crave (with the exception of chocolate covered peanuts J). And not only will you be happy gorging yourself with all of the food you crave, they will be happy knowing you’re happy!
Speaking of specializing in happiness, King David wrote in Psalm 32:1-5, 1 Blessed [Happy] is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed [Happy] is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”—and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
How about it, are you happy? If not, could the reason you’ve been robbed of your happiness be that you’re trying to cover-up some kind of sin. Could it be that that little secret you have between you and Satan is sapping you of all your joy? Well, then all you have to do is come clean. Your sin is no secret to God; just admit that you’ve been walking outside of his will. The promise here in this text is that he won’t hold that sin against you. Don’t try to conceal the burden of your sin, Jesus already covered it. If you confess your sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive your sin and purify you from all unrighteousness.
And as Jesus said, “Now that you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.”
And no, I don’t have anything against eating at the Pizza Ranch. Usually when I leave the Pizza Ranch, I’m pretty happy. Although about a half hour after they’ve finished making me happy, the happiness is usually gone…if you know what I mean.
Happy trails, Mike

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