Morning all! Ps 43.4 says “There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy. I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God!”
We rarely realise just how fickle we are. Yet, if we really examine our prayer requests, we’d see that their focus can change from one moment to the next. Even in our season of waiting for ‘that big breakthrough’ (i.e. the one we think will make life easier, happier and more satisfying), our contentedness is difficult to sustain. Oftentimes the happiness that comes from an answered prayer soon disappears and we quickly move to the next big thing. This Psalm is a reminder that God is the only source of all our joy. We may think God giving us our momentary heart’s desires is the solution to all our worries, but, that’s never the case. Put simply, mere things can’t fill the void God can. God’s blessings are undoubtedly a cause for celebration and every gift He grants provides us with a reason to rejoice. However, we have to realise that as happy as they may make us at the time, the feeling of happiness is fleeting because it’s only ever based on the present moment. In contrast, everlasting joy comes exclusively from our relationship with God so the more time we spend at His altar (in His presence), the more joy we’ll experience. Let’s commit to prioritising joy above happiness, praising God for His love that endures all seasons.