Call it happiness if you wish, or maybe better, joy, gladness, or delight. If you belong to God’s people, you know what it is and where it is found.
The world chases after happiness in material things. The U.N.’s international day focuses on the same. A glance at the rich neighborhoods around, or the rich countries, belies this belief — so many unhappy, broken, frustrated lives — though the majority are not convinced that material things are not the answer.
God’s saints know that joy comes from the presence of God.
“You lead me in the path of life. I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me sheer delight” Psalm 16.11.
This is why keeping God’s commands are also such a delight:
“Praise the Lord! How blessed is the one who obeys the Lord, who takes great delight in keeping his commands” Psalm 112.1.
It is no paradox that the letter to the Philippians, whose keynote is joy, was written from prison.
Christians have no reason to worry. They know God and this joy overwhelms the cares of the world.