“Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance; they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.” vss. 15-16
The psalmist knew the joy that came from being part of a community of faith that was centered around a common allegiance to the House of David. That community came together regularly for worship of the Lord and to celebrate the Lord’s anointed. There was a thrill that came from being a part of the crowd and shouting out to glorify the king. The psalmist believed that he was a part of the Chosen People and that knowledge brought him great happiness. We see a bit of that kind of excitement in the regular campaign rallies that are held in our country. Participants can scarcely control themselves as they gather to extol the virtues of their chosen one. There is of course a danger that lurks close to the surface of such adoration, one that the people of Israel experienced regularly. Namely, the object of such adoration will almost surely prove to be inadequate. In the long run, no kings or presidents are worthy of the praise that is heaped upon them, and none of them can bring the long-lasting happiness that we crave. There is a happiness or contentment, however, that does persist and that is available to all–and it’s not just for in-siders. This is the peace that comes from knowing the Light, the Christ who dwells within every human creature. In that peace all people can find their joy!
Thought for the Day: What gives me happiness?