I recently had a conversation with someone close to me about the fear of feeling happy. The way this individual described it was a lack of a right to peace and a life free of trouble.
The person said, “I didn’t feel entitled,” “ I was afraid that if I did, tragedy would strike.” As I’m flying 16,533 feet above the ground, that anxiety is a clear picture of that description.
I experienced anxiety throughout my whole life but never realized that description applied to me until now; as I look through the airplane window (a little afraid and glancing at the app to see the time left on the flight) that I suffer from the same fear.
This realization brought to my mind Psalm 8. Is expected to think about the Lord at any time but especially when we need him the most. He is a present help in time of trouble. He reminds me that although we see ourselves as insignificant, He had thought of us all along.
We are important to Him, and we are entitled not to happiness but a forever lasting joy if we love and obey him. He loves and protects us even when life is complex and uncertain. In His wings, we are safe!
1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name(A) in all the earth!
You have set your glory(B)
in the heavens.(C)
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold(D)against your enemies,
to silence the foe(E) and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,(F)
the work of your fingers,(G)
the moon and the stars,(H)
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?[c](I)
5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e](J)
and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.(K)
6 You made them rulers(L) over the works of your hands;(M)
you put everything under their[g] feet:(N)
7 all flocks and herds,(O)
and the animals of the wild,(P)
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,(Q)
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!