Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Psalm 45:7
Get splashed today!
My life is so hard and I am supposed to be happy? Well; yes. God’s Word makes clear what He expects and what is possible. He puts a high value on righteousness, integrity and joy. The three are often linked. I was reminded in Psalm 41 of the value of integrity. David’s enemies were attacking him and accusing him. David’s life was hard. God held him up because of his integrity. Seems evident that while God allows great distress into the lives of His children, delivery can be relative to our righteousness and integrity, two things that we have great control over. Each life will have sorrow, but there are lessons that God puts into the midst, that learned, will give us happier lives, in subsequent weeks and years. We have the Spirit of God throughout guiding and comforting us. It would be wise to follow that lead, to partner with the Spirit of God. Psalm 41 begins with an admonishment to consider the poor. This will move God to help us in our time of need. Our need does not have to be financial; the principle is simple. Reach out to others when we have awareness and opportunity and God will be there to deliver us. This deliverance will often come through the heart and hands of another person. Remember, we are vessels and channels; He is the power. Helping others for Jesus’ sake and recognizing it is by His power is a certain way to experience real joy and the kind of peace that passeth all understanding. We talk about that peace, but have we known it? A small voice, your inner heart will reveal the answer to you. If you have known this peace then you have surely experienced the oil of gladness too. When we live in the awareness that God has things under control and live within His control life will tend to go much better for us. Almost always, we can step out of the shadow of gloom by spreading cheer or comfort ourselves. It really is that easy. You cannot help but being splashed with the oil of gladness.
Picture yourself under a dark cloud; it drizzles all day. You feel soaked with darkness and grief. You are miserable to your bones. Why wait for the cloud to move? Step out from under it and allow yourself to be splashed with the oil of gladness. This happens when we walk in truth. Open up to the Psalms; if the Psalm you have chosen seems gloomy, read on! Many of the Psalms are of David’s journey and what is fascinating about him was his honesty. He loved and trusted God, but sometimes life was just hard, but the truth of his life is found in the majority of his words. He was happy in the LORD. He was anointed with the oil of gladness!
Recently a lady I have written about came to mind. Her name is Molly Grubbs. Most of us have a friend that could easily share her name. You see, names often have meanings. Molly’s name certainly has a root.
Mulligrubs: a noun. Sometimes spelled “mollygrubs”. Despondent, sullen or being ill-tempered. A griping of the intestines. “The intestines griping?” This could be a humorous definition if it did not bring folks to mind. If it brings the lady to mind that you see in the mirror every morning then GOOD NEWS! The remedy is easy, but you must use the tonic regularly:
- Read and believe God’s Word.
- Be faithful to a Bible-believing church
- Get involved in that church.
- Minister to another person at least once-a-day.
This prescription is given by an almost sixty-year old woman that has known heartaches beyond what most of my circle are aware of. The ladies in my circle testify the same. On this earth we will have sufferings but on this earth we can have joy that the world cannot take away. Certainly, as we transition to Heaven we believe that this joy will be there, but I am telling you that God has not left us here to be miserable until that day comes. Our joy is one of the mysteries that God uses to reveal Himself to a needy world.
Nobody can do as much damage to the church of God as the man (or woman) who is within its walls, but not within its life. Charles Spurgeon
Church is a large part of the tonic required for genuine happiness. Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. Surely any believing and sensible person would understand. If the church were perfect, Jesus would not have given Himself for it, but because He loved it, He did. Don’t miss out on the mystery that is the Church.
It is a greater glory to us that we are allowed to serve God, than it is to him that we offer him that service. He is not rendered happy by us; but we are made happy by him. He can do without such earthly servants; but we cannot do without such a heavenly Master. William Secker, a preacher from the 1600’s.