Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 144:15, where we read these words:
"Happy are the people who are in such a state; happy are the people whose God is the LORD!"
What "state" does the psalmist (David) have in mind, here? The state of tem-poral [this world] bliss, made possible through God's divine protection from His church's enemies. This is clear, from the verses that precede v. 15 (above). This doctrine is interesting, because sometimes we are hesitant to ascribe "happiness" to things pertaining to *this* life. But that type of religious outlook is more akin to Buddhism, than it is to authentic Christianity.
The church, "whose God is the Lord," is a blessed community. Not only do we have all the riches of glory, to be enjoyed in heaven—but in Christ alone we already have all the abundance of grace (in all its forms), to be relished here on earth.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Proud innocence is worse than humble sin, and I would rather see a man tainted with many sins, if he is humbled for them and strives against them, than another puffed up and bragging to others of his freedom from gross and notorious enormities.” —Richard Harris, in, "The Way to True Happiness"]