Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:
Happy indicates a deep and abiding pleasure, a manifest joy. This is the proper description of one whose help and hope is in God.
Ask the average person what kind of people are happy and you will likely get answers such as, “millionaires,” “celebrities,” “superstar athletes,” and “entertainers.”
That is not the list Psalm 146 provides. It assigns happiness to the exploited, the hungry, prisoners, the blind, the oppressed, orphans, and widows.
Why do these people make the Bible’s happy list?
The reason is because their circumstances encourage their trust in God for deliverance. While, the aforementioned list may believe in their status, wealth, and money. Those who are strong in this world can be tempted to ignore the necessity of a Savior. On the other hand, those who are weak are aware of their need. They are desperate to receive grace. Whether a believer’s deliverance comes now or in eternity, their happiness is not swayed by immediate circumstances. As believers, our joy is anchored to the hope that God will help those who trust in Him.
Friends, if you feel weak today, use it as an opportunity to draw near to God and express trust in His promise of deliverance.
Heavenly Father, help us to see happiness in the midst of weakness, knowing You are the God who delivers.