What is the good life?

Psalm 34


‘What is the good life?’ Socrates, Aristotle, and many other philosophers have attempted to answer this question through the centuries. A Google search found twenty songs with that title; also fourteen albums, seven books, five films, and three TV series. We’ve all asked the question, haven’t we? What would be my dream life? What is the good life?

America’s Uncivil War

Psalm 33


‘America’s Uncivil War.’ A three-word news headline that summed up the hate that’s threatening to destroy us. The division and aggression all around us is so depressing and frightening, isn’t it? How can we find love and joy in a world of hate and anger?

The Greatest Happiness

Psalm 32


What makes you most happy? You got it in your mind? Good. Now, let me ask you some questions about this source of greatest happiness: Is it deep or superficial? Is it permanent or temporary? Is it holy or sinful? Is it helpful or harmful?  Is it free or expensive? Is it available or often unavailable? Is it shared others or selfish?

I’m going to guess that your greatest happiness mainly ticked the second of all these alternatives. It’s superficial, temporary, sinful, harmful, expensive, unavailable, and selfish. How would you like a happiness that ticks all the other boxes? A happiness that is deep, permanent, holy, helpful, free, available, and shared with others? We find it in Psalm 32 where David tells us that the greatest happiness is forgiveness through confession.