Psalm 84:4 “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.”
As I walk around some large stores on occasion, I always like to see who I believe is really happy. Even here in the more “Christian” South, I see very few people who appear to be happy, although some have a genuine appearance of being happy. Being that there are so few disappoints me greatly.
The Bible verse for today starts with the word “Blessed.” This is another word for “happy.” I have no idea how many people in those stores actually go to church, or are saved, but I strongly believe there is somewhat of a correlation between being happy and worshiping the Lord.
David, by experience, knew that being around God and the people of God in regular worship leads to a joyous heart. Of course, this assumes that the individual is willing to forsake sin and truly worship God from the heart.
David said it like this, in Psalm 16:11: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” He found incredible joy from really being in God’s presence – which is different from merely being in a church building.
I find that this Bible promise is still true. I enjoy being around God’s people, and worshiping and fellowshipping with Him. So do true Christians.
Some Christians, or some people who like to think they are Christians, apparently have not found this to be true – or they have forgotten it. This must be one reason so few have real joy in their hearts.
What David is saying in the verse for the text today is that if you will continue to serve and honor God in church, you will be enabled to still have a song in your heart that honors God. People will never be perfect and may disappoint, not even pastors.
If you, as a Christian, have lost your joy and praise for God, is it because you stopped going to church? If for some reason there is a problem at a particular church, find another one. Don’t be a defeated and unhappy (unblessed) Christian any more. If you are saved, love God, and prove to yourself and to the world that He is still worth serving! Find that blessedness of dwelling in His house again! Praise His eternal Name!
I trust that you will be in church this morning – or perhaps tonight or next Sunday. Don’t put it off. May our Lord bless you as you are faithful to His place of worship – with the people of God. Be one of those that others can tell are genuinely happy; and when they ask what makes you happy, be sure to tell them!