Did you hear the one about… Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.
Did that bring a smile to your face? When we have a merry heart, it can cause us to enjoy each day that God has given us to live for Him. In Proverbs there are three references that define what having a merry heart can be for each of us.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful (15:13)
The cheerful heart has a continual feast (15:15)
A cheerful heart is good medicine (17:22)
What makes having a merry heart so important in our day to day living? Perhaps it’s because when we are smiling and cheerful, it causes those around us to respond with a better outlook. There will always be circumstances happening in our lives, some good and some bad, but how we approach them is what is most crucial.
Our heart attitude helps to determine our approach to life’s ups and downs and it radiates to the outside. In James 5:13 it says, “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.” Rejoicing through prayer and singing can help us to have a merry heart.
Our hearts are important to God and He is more concerned about what is on the inside than what is being portrayed on the outside.
So…how will you cultivate a merry heart?