I love the little icon smiley face.  :-)   I enjoy smiling and I love to see others smile. I’ve always especially loved as a Dad to see my kids smile.  A smile reveals a happy heart even if it’s just for a moment.  My Mom used to say it takes more facial muscles to frown than to smile.  Sometimes when I’m going through stressful situations or decisions, it’s difficult to muster a smile.

David was a in a good place when he penned Psalm 144. He had obviously won a battle or maybe even a war and his heart was grateful and happy. Check this out…

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
9 God, I will sing a new song to you;
       I will play to you on the ten-stringed harp.
 10 You give victory to kings.
       You save your servant David from cruel swords.
 11 Save me, rescue me from these foreigners.
       They are liars; they are dishonest.
 12 Let our sons in their youth
       grow like plants.
    Let our daughters be
       like the decorated stones in the Temple.
 13 Let our barns be filled
       with crops of all kinds.
    Let our sheep in the fields have
       thousands and tens of thousands of lambs.
 14 Let our cattle be strong.
    Let no one break in.
       Let there be no war,
       no screams in our streets.
 15 Happy are those who are like this;
       happy are the people whose God is the Lord. (Psalm 144:9-15 NCV)

I want my happiness to come from a deep joy that I have in the Lord. I often think of happiness as something temporary. I believe that if our happiness comes from the joy of the Lord it can be more permanent.  I love this Psalm because it claims victory and prays for continued strength.  I love the prayer for our sons and daughters.  The last line has settled in my heart today…”Happy are the people whose God is the Lord”!

Pressing On!  :-)

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