Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob
whose hope is in the Lord their God
Recently, I saw a television ad for a restaurant chain that made a dramatic claim. At those restaurants, the ad said you could “Help Yourself to Happiness.” Wouldn’t it be nice if a helping of patoatoes or meat or past or dessert would be all that was needed to provide happiness? Unfortunately, no restaurant can fulfill that promise.
Happiness is an elusive thing- as we can see in almost every area of life. Our pursuit of happiness may involve food or a host of other things, but in the end, happiness continues to escape our grasp.
Why? In large measure its because the things we tend to pursue do not touch the deepest needs of our hearts . Our pursuits may provide moments of enjoyment, distraction, or pleasure, but the cry of our hearts goes unheard- the cry for help and hope. That is why the psalmist points us to a better way when he says, “Blessed aren’t whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God” (Psalm 146:5)
Help Yourself? Yes- if we are seeking the happiness found in the Lord. It is only when we entrust ourselves to God and his care that we can find the happiness we seek. Our hope and help are found only in trusting Him.
The one hoo puts God First will have happinesss the last