Read Psalm 16
Focus on verse 11
The notion that a place of eternal happiness and bliss exists and is accessible is an idea that seems to be firmly imbedded in the human psyche. The reality that what most of us are currently experiencing is not that place is also clearly evident. All one has to do to verify this is to examine the plethora of art and literature dedicated to this idea. It is a concept that is universally human transcending culture, race and religion. Apparently somewhere in the complex system of the human mind this idea of “nirvana” appears to be hardwired and it continues to express itself in various forms.
In the sixteenth Psalm David writes, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (v. 11) It would seem that David was one of the few who found this place of eternal happiness and bliss, and he found it in fellowship with God. He gives us some clues earlier in the Psalm in regard to how one might find this place.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
My flesh also dwells secure. (Psalm 16: 8-9)
The way to find the happiness we seek is to seek the Lord and to walk in obedience to Him as He instructs us. If we set Him as first and foremost in importance in or life, He sees to it that we are not shaken. He then also sees to it that my heart is glad regardless of my circumstances.
There is only one path to lasting happiness and joy, and I found it when I found Jesus Christ and discovered who He really is. There may be other counterfeits that provide a sense of happiness for a time, but none of them last forever. They give a temporary high but leave us feeling empty and looking for more to fill the void that seems to keep getting bigger as we try to fill it with things that don’t last.
If you are looking for true happiness and have not yet found it – give Jesus a chance to fill you with His joy. If you have tried and found it did not work, I can guarantee you that what you tried was a counterfeit, because if you had truly found Jesus, and given Him an honest chance you would not still be looking, you be introducing you friends to Him.