For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your works; at the deeds of Your hands I joyfully sing.
— PSALM 92:4 (AMPC)
Focusing on our problems will prevent us from rejoicing and being glad. Look for the good in your life and your joy will increase. You might have a problem, but if you focus on what’s good, then you will discover there are some good things in your life also. The world is full of people and situations that don’t please us, so if we are waiting for perfect circumstances to make us happy, we will be waiting forever.
That’s why we must learn not to base our happiness and joy on outward circumstances, but on the Lord’s presence inside us.
Thankfully, we can learn not to fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in everything to give thanks and praise to God. Then the peace that passes all understanding will be ours.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for the gifts of joy and contentment. Regardless of the circumstances around me, I choose to praise You and realize that You are the true source of my joy. Thank You for Your goodness in my life. I choose to put my hope in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.