What is happiness? Where does it come from? What causes it? What stifles it? How can it be obtained? How can it be maintained? If you have ever thought any of these questions you are not alone. In fact, a quick trip to Wikipedia shows many devote their lives to answering those very questions.
Discontentment? Lack of wealth? Poor health? Family troubles? While all these may be factors to our happiness I can tell you these are not (alone) the reason people are unhappy.
Psalm 32:1 says, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
“Blessed” means happy. Transgression means sin. Happy is the man whose sin is forgiven. And what is our sin covered by? Not by us hiding it and leaving it unconfessed but by Christ’s blood when it is forgiven. So there it is, plain to see: true happiness comes from having sins forgiven.
Yes, we can enjoy things in life. My children make me happy, my husband makes me happy, chocolate makes me happy, sunshine makes me happy, etc. But that true, deep, unchanging happiness only comes from having sins forgiven. This means if I am harboring a “pet sin” I cannot know true happiness. I can experience those temporary happinesses that come and go but they do exactly that: come and go.
There is pleasure in sin for a season but the end of that sin is death. It does not bring true happiness. We need to stop feeding those sins that we think make us happy so we can experience happiness from the Lord…happiness that stays. The world devotes so much time to trying to figure out how to be happy when the Lord tells us so plainly right here: Blessed is the man whose transgression is forgiven.