How to Be Happy [Psalms 100:2 Daily Devotional]
“Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
What is this verse about?
The author of this verse is encouraging us in our response to the things God has done in our lives. We’re encouraged to be glad and to sing joyful songs to the Lord. That is how we’re supposed to worship him. Of course, we’re not always going to be happy, but we can still come to the Lord in worship with joyful songs.
How to Be Happy
You have access to the source of joy through Jesus if you’re a Christian, so I’ll lay out a few applications of this verse in the list below. If you’re not a Christian and you somehow stumbled upon this daily encouragement, I’m glad you’re here. If you’re not feeling happy, I encourage you to try a couple of these next items as well.
Breathing grounds you in the present. The things that prevent you from being happy, in my experience, are the things that you can’t control or are in the future. Take time to breathe and clear your thoughts and be present in the moment.
While you’re breathing, think of the things you’re thankful for. List them out to God. These can be things that he’s done for you in the past, things you believe he’ll do in the future, or just things and people you’re grateful for. As you build a habit of gratitude, joy and gladness will come more naturally.
Begin to turn your gratitude into prayer as you get more comfortable in gratitude. Use this time to express your concerns to God because he cares deeply for you and wants you to be able to choose joy. Just like breathing helps to clear your mind by slowing you down and bringing you back to the present, prayer helps clear your mind by getting your thoughts out of your head.
There’s a reason it’s written elsewhere that “rejoicing comes in the morning.” A lack of sleep can wreck you mentally, so take a nap if you’re feeling like you’re in a funk. Take time to rest, you’ll be glad you did.
All of that leads us to the last part of the verse where the psalmist encourages us to bring joyful songs to the Lord. You control your emotions, so I’m going to challenge you to sing it until you believe it. Don’t let your emotions control you. Bring your emotions to the Lord and let him work in you.
Father, I thank you that we can come to you in worship no matter how we feel. Help me to bring your songs of joy even when I don’t feel it. Give me the strength to worship you in gladness and be happy in you. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.