Pursuit of Happiness
Americans should be very proud of our United States Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1776, that amazing document was ratified and signed by 56 men of the Continental Congress. The first line of the preamble is this statement:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
In the Bible, David concludes Psalm 23 by describing the unalienable rights of those who have God as their Shepherd. This is his conclusion:
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."
The word translated here as "follow" is the Hebrew word radaph
. It means a lot more than to simply follow someone. Radaph
means "to chase or run after" or "to hunt down or pursue." What David is describing is how God's mercy and goodness chase after me! I like how the New Living Translation
has chosen to translate this verse:
"Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue
me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever."
Here we see the real puruit of Happiness. If you don't want happiness, then whatever you do, don't make God your Shepherd. When God is your Shepherd you will have happiness constantly breathing down your neck in full pursuit!
Updated: Jun 27, 2011