Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.
Psalm 119 We don’t often hear it said, “God happy you!” But it would be entirely appropriate. “God bless you!” could accurately be translated, “May God grant you happiness, joy, favor, and spiritual prosperity!” The so-called Beatitudes of Jesus (Matthew 5:2-11) are normally rendered, “Blessed are those who . . .” but could just as easily be translated, “Happy are those who . . . .”
“Blessed is” or “Blessed are” was a common Old Testament expression, one of the most well-known being from Psalm 1: “Blessed is the man who” avoids the way of the ungodly. Instead, “his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night” (verse 2). Finding delight, prosperity, favor, and happiness by walking according to God’s statutes is an underlying theme of both the Old (Joshua 1:7-8; Psalm 119) and New (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:4) Testaments.
Rather than seeking happiness in the temporary things of this world, let your daily delight be in the Word of God: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8). That which seems a source of delight in the moment can’t compare with true, eternal joy.
The more reverence we have for the Word of God, the more joy we shall find in it.