Joyful are the people with integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord” Psalm 119:1
“The meaning of “joyful” here may include happiness, but it’s deeper than that. It’s contentment, peacefulness, gratefulness, no matter our circumstances.
We all want this and we search for it in all kinds of things except nothing fits and satisfies that this world can offer.
St. Augustine said, “O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
We were created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
The psalmist gives the solution to a life of Biblical joy.
“Joyful are the people with integrity”
First let’s talk about the word “integrity”
We say things about integrity, like “doing the right thing”, “he has honest character” Why do we makes these statements and on what grounds?
We all acknowledge in this statement that there is a right and a wrong, and there is a true and a false.
Integrity can’t live in a world of relativistic thinking.
Integrity can only operate if there really is an absolute truth that exists. There would be no logical explanation for it otherwise.
As C. S. Lewis showed us, “A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.”
The Psalmist doesn’t just say “Joyful are the people with integrity”
The Bible doesn’t leave open equations for you to figure out your answer.
The answer is, “who follow the instructions of the Lord.”
Which instruction manual are you following?
When you follow an instruction manual to build something, you know you can’t follow the wrong manual or else it is going to be a big mess.
God created us to worship and follow Him and Him alone and we have the instruction manual, His Word.
So how are we to be joyful? Have integrity. And how do we have integrity? By following God’s Word.