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"Formula for Happiness"

August 15, 2003

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Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

The Persians have this advice: If you have two coins, use one to buy bread for the body and the other to buy a hyacinth for the soul. We need more in life than eating, dressing, making money, and paying bills. Jesus said: "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). An animal eats and is satisfied, but we have a soul, and that needs food, too. So God comes to us with this formula for happiness: "Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart."

In other words: Lift your spirit into the world of spiritual values! Discover the heavenly treasures that are there for you! There is forgiveness of sins, life and salvation, joy and peace, and the promise of an eternal life in the new world. Can anything be better than that?

If we live on the side of these Christian positives, we will overcome the enslaving negatives of worry, fear, doubt, and despair. In God Himself we have the secret of serene delight, a feeling of security in His grace, peace through His love, and confidence in His promises. All that was purchased for us when Christ gave His life for us.

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help us to live in the joy of salvation and the lavish promises of God. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of promise), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 13-15    1 Corinthians 9

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