"Blessed is the one [...] whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on His law day and night."
One of the commentaries I've read talked about how many search for blessing and happiness and prosperity and the Lord gives the way to all of those things right here- those things are for the person who delights and meditates on the Word.
Maybe this truth isn't new for you, but it a bit of a revelation for me. As someone who has never been a big one to search for happiness, but instead have set myself on the long, arduous path to searching out the Word, I've come to find that the two are not as far apart as I originally thought.
See I've often looked at those on the quest for happiness as irresponsible. "Life's not about happiness,. God is not concerned about our happiness" has been one of my mantras. So I've been one to seek after the Lord in a radical, committed way in the journey to not be someone all about happiness. I've often touted the sacrificial aspects of serving the Lord (and still believe they are necessary and a part of a healthy walk with God).
It's not as though my life has been miserable. .It just hasn't been remarkably joyful either. It's normally pretty good, pretty average, pretty normal. My emotions and experiences have often been pretty "middle of the road" even with exciting things in my life. I know that my melancholy has often been annoying to others, but I've never thought much about it myself. But somewhere along the journey, I decided to believe the lie that happiness was irresponsible. And while I've prided myself on believing the whole truth of the Bible, I've lived in a way that emphatically disagrees.
And while I was singing through this psalm, though, I began to sing about how the "hidden-ness" of a truth as nothing to do with whether or not the concept is true or not. Though I have to search deep to experience the truth of enduring joy and meditating on the Word, it doesn't change the fact that it's true. If I don't experience the truth until I search long and hard and through the deep things, it remains a truth. And if I never search it out and never experience it in my life, it doesn't change the truth into a lie.
Perhaps sometimes our lack of experiencing the truths of the Bible says more about us than it does about the trustworthiness of God. My lack of experience doesn't make God a liar, it doesn't even make me a bad person or bad Christian, it creates an injustice. An injustice that only my lifelong, deep search for Him will alleviate.
So I have to tweak my original mantra to be "The happiness in life is found through God. He is not primarily concerned with your pleasure and happiness, but it is a perk that He gives to those who wholeheartedly seek Him."