Word of the Month

Happy Shalt Thou Be, And It Shall Be Well With Thee

September 1997

When we think of the troubles of everyday life, the challenges and the stumbling blocks, then it seems to us that what the psalmist has to say "Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee" is not appropriate for each moment and for each situation. Man has many a burden to bear. Worry and sorrow weigh heavily upon us, sufferings and grief have to be faced, injustice and annoyance have to be endured.

When the cross is so heavy that it prevents one experiencing joy and happiness, when the day is cloudy and grey, as dark even as the night, then it is easy to forget what many have experienced: In darkness the stars beam brighter! Let us therefore try to shed light on the many ways in which the words of the Psalm, despite all the difficult and unpleasant things we encounter, are justified and true.

"Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee" - we receive the bread of life regularly. The Lord Jesus described himself as the bread of life. Whoever turns to him, will not go away unfed. We take of the bread of life in Holy Communion.

"Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee" - our thirst is stilled again and again with the water of life and the wine of divine joy. How much joy is released by the word of God if we take hold of it in faith and act accordingly.

"Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee" - our wounds are treated and looked after. Jesus Christ the physician is near to us in his messengers and ambassadors; in his word we find the balsam of comfort that soothes pain and heals the wounds inflicted on our soul.

"Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee" - our sins are forgiven. By his death and sacrifice on the cross, the Lord Jesus was victorious and acquired the means of eliminating our guilt.

"Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee" - God's power and aid are with us. This gives us the possibility to achieve victories in the battle of faith.

"Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee" - we have a promise, and we have a goal. How do we benefit from all the joy and happiness of this world if there is no future? We know that our eternal goal is with the Lord.

"Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee" - we have faith. Is there a better travelling companion through life?

Most sincerely,<br/>

Richard Fehr

 

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