The Fountain Of
"The whole earth is at
rest, and is quiet:
they break forth into singing."—Isa.
is joyful. There is something that wells up in the heart of
things which breaks forth in song. We have heard of the music
of the spheres. There is harmony which makes itself heard
above the discords. This world is not a place of melancholy.
Its drab color when properly blended become beauteous. Its
discord may be merged into harmonies.
Happiness is the normal state of all life. Our tears are meant
to be only the cleansing rain which refreshes and beautifies
life. There is an echo of far-off music in all the sounds of
nature. Rejoicing is everywhere. Happiness is God's will for
all his creation. "Sing, O ye heavens . . . shout ye lower
parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O
forest, and every tree therein" (Isa. 44:23).
universal joyfulness is also thus expressed, "The valleys . .
. shout for joy, they also sing" (Ps. 65:13) Again, "Let the
nations be glad and sing for joy" (Ps. 67: 4). In nature
sentient things are happy even though life for them is full of
danger and hardship. The birds sing even tho they know they
are surrounded by enemies. Constant dangers do not silence
their songs. In spite of all the cruelties of fang and claw,
and undeterred by storms or cold, hunger or privation, the
voice of joy still rises in melody.
likewise permeated by the same cause of joyfulness.
Difficulties may come, dangers may surround him, he may make
failures, have losses, and sometimes almost despair.
Notwithstanding all this his spirits will rise superior to his
difficulties and the song of joy is never fully quenched in
any normal human being. Troubles, when they lie in the past,
may be quickly forgotten. The young trees bent over by the
snowfall rise again when the snow is melted to gaze anew upon
the sun. So man rises from his troubles. He lifts his head up
into the sunshine and again his heart breaks forth in
joyfulness. The heart is naturally merry and God would ever
have it so. He says, "My servants shall sing for joy of heart"
preparing to write the chapters that follow I took my
concordance and Bible and looked up some of the words that
express rejoicing and happiness, such as rejoicing,, gladness,
happy, blessed, joy, rest, etc. I found that these words and
others of similar import occur nearly nine hundred times in
the Scriptures. Even then my search was only partial.
Assuredly this fact should convince us not only that happiness
is the natural state of man but that it is God's will for him.
and again we are exhorted to rejoice, to be glad and to give
expression to our joy. The poet has said, "Hope springs
eternal in the human breast." Joy is more powerful than
sorrow. Peace is more lasting than trouble. Sorrow is but
transitory. Life has balm for all our woes, light for all our
darkness. Morning breaks after the darkest night. There is
sunshine after the fiercest storm. There is warmth and beauty
after the cruel winter. In the normal life happiness is the
rule; unhappiness the exception. Troubles will come. There are
things to be endured, but these need not take out of life its
beauty, its happiness, or its worth.
thing should ever be present in our thoughts of life. Our
happiness does not depend upon our environment, our station,
our circumstances, or any external thing. The songs come from
within. They bubble up out of the heart. Someone has spoken a
great truth in the lines that follow:
"There's no defeat in life Save from within,
beaten there You're bound to win."
what we are within that counts. It is our outlook on life, our
purposes, our ideals, our hopes, our faith. There are joyful
beggars. The most thankful, the most appreciative, are often
those who have little. Some of the most contented, cheerful,
and light-hearted people I ever saw were people whose
situations seemed least tolerable. In my ministry I have gone
into homes where poverty abounded, where sickness and sorrow
existed, yet I found in some of those homes happy, trustful,
Favorable external circumstances may encourage the song in the
heart, but the lack of these things need not still the song.
External things alone cannot produce a song in the heart. A
favorable condition of heart is like the reed of the wind
instrument. The wind itself can produce no music without the
reed. So the music in human hearts is born in hearts and as
the reed in the instrument makes the instrument vocal so the
proper qualities in the heart make joyous music even in the
night of sorrow.
people have a wrong philosophy of life. The pessimist makes
his own clouds. The optimist sees the sunshine on the other
side of the clouds and is happy. Some modern idealistic
religious systems, tho based on false metaphysics and a false
natural philosophy, have, outside of these things, a true
philosophy of happiness and success, at least for the present
life. Many of us could learn much from these philosophies that
would be very helpful. We need not accept the vagaries of
their metaphysics or natural philosophy nor their spiritual
concepts, but the philosophy of the hopeful outlook, the
expectation of success, and the discounting of that which is
unpleasant and undesirable, is the true way to happiness. The
God who made the birds that sing so sweetly desires the same
melody of song in the heart of the highest of his creation.
Believing this we face life with the elements that create
melody active in our hearts to teach us the Secret of the
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