What Is That In Your Heart?? Are You Happy?

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Happy. We all just wanna be happy!

Have you ever got out of the bed in the morning with a song in your heard, but you just can’t figure out why? I did that today. But it’s not just any song. It’s one I learned long, long years ago. The origin of the exact time and place I learned it is far gone from my memory now, but you might remember it too…

Childlike Simplicity Equals “Happy”

And here are the words…

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, (Where?)

Down in my heart! (Where?) Down in my heart!

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart

Down in my heart to stay
And I’m so happy, So very happy

I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart, Down in my heart

And I’m so happy, So very happy

I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.

 

I’ve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus

Down in my heart, (Where?)

Down in my heart! (Where?)

Down in my heart!

I’ve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus

Down in my heart (Where?)

Down in my heart to stay.
And I’m so happy, So very happy

I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart, Down in my heart

And I’m so happy, So very happy

I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.
I’ve got the peace that passes understanding

Way down in the depths of my heart! (Where?)

Down in the depths of my heart! (Where?)

Down in the depths of my heart!

I’ve got the peace that passes understanding

Way down in the depths of my heart!

Down in my heart to stay
And I’m so happy, So very happy

I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart, Down in my heart

And I’m so happy, So very happy

I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.

Breaking It Down

It’s funny how something as simple as a children’s worship song can bring such strong emotions. As I was coming back to my office after pouring my coffee, I was singing it to myself. It was then that the Lord promptly arrested my heart with a couple of verses from His Word…

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

Isn’t that a sombering thought? But have you ever really thought about it? We have to be converted, and become like little children. What do we know about children? Here are a few things that come to MY mind…

  • There is little that they worry about. They know that, no matter what, their needs will be met and they will be taken care of.
  • They fully trust their fathers. This is, of course, barring those fathers that choose not to be a part of their children’s lives. But even then, children often long for their father’s presence and attention. I believe that’s a part of their spirit, reaching out for the way things are suppose to be.
  • They lack the ability to truly hate. Hate, discrimination, racism, fear and the like are not things common to the mind of a child. These are things that are taught or learned and later come into play as the child forms a world view.
  • Their joy is not attached to material goods or money. Again, this goes back to the fact that they know they are taken care of. They don’t usually sit and worry about the next meal, the next tank of gas, or what little Mary down the street thinks of her. “Usually.”

These are just a few of the characteristics that we must take on as children of the Most High God. Since we become Joint-Heirs with Christ when we are saved, we are then – officially – children of God. We don’t have to worry about whether or not our needs will be met, because He’s already told us that they will (Philippians 4:19; Matthew 6:8). If we were to truly get back to the mind of a child, fully considering God our Father, what a relief it would be!

The Abundance of the Heart

There’s another Scripture the Lord brought to mind as I sung that song. There, in the very first part that says, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart…”. It gives us a hint of something more.

Check this out…

“…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34 & Luke 6:45

How many times do we say things we later regret? I know I do, more often than I’d like sometimes. BUT…out of the abundance of the heart! Why do we allow those things to take root in our heart in the first place. It’s the same thing that happened to the disciples, Peter especially. Even though they had walked with Jesus, had seen his miracles first hand and heard him reveal parable after parable, still they struggled. Not long after they had fed thousand with just a morsel of bread and fish, it came time to do it again. And they worried…

Jesus, I imagine, put a hand to his forehead and shook his head, wondering why they had so quickly forgotten. I imagine it grieved His pure heart. He even asked them, “How is it that ye do not understand…” (Matthew 16:11). He, of course, knowing all things, knew exactly why. But I think He said things like this more for the benefit of the disciples, and for those of us who would read the words all these years later.

How is it that ye do not understand…??

Every time I catch myself worrying about the bills, the rent, the pantry that seems so empty, and half a million other things, it’s almost like I can hear Him asking ME that. And it wrings my heart. How many times has He shown Himself mighty in my own life and in the lives of my loved ones? Why, if the ONLY thing He did was save my soul, I dare not EVER cease to praise Him! But the work of the cross provides SO MUCH MORE than that.

The Next Step?

Do you ever let worries and care settle in on you? Maybe it’s time you go back in time and remember when the weight wasn’t so heavy. Remember how it felt when He first saved you and lifted you up and set your feet on solid ground. Keep in mind that He said He would never leave nor forsake you. Remember!

It’s hard sometimes, it really is. But another children’s song will tell you another story…He’s Got The Whole World…you know how it goes!

Are you not saved? Then give Him your heart today! There’s no better time than the present, because He is always near. If you’d like, feel free to contact me personally. I’ll be happy to pray for and with you.

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  1. That song definitely brings back memories from about a thousand VBSs and church services. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face. 🙂

    1. Thank you for sharing your smile! 🙂

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