"They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous." (Psalm 112:4)
The Apostle Paul writes, "It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me" (Gal. 2:20). "Happy" is an important word in Psalm 112. For the Psalm, happiness isn't the absence of burden or even hardship.Happiness is when one aligns one's life with God.
One of the finest individuals it was ever my honor to know, was a woman named Esther Ilg. While her life was far from perfect, I never heard Esther complain once. She was a tireless worker at church, and she always found people to help. She lived her faith in a quiet, yet profound way. God gave her the strength to meet life's challenges, and her faith remained strong. Whenever you were in her presence, you felt the calm assurance of God's love. Her life was aligned with God's. I was with Esther when she died. Even in dying and death, Esther exuded God's loving peace. I live my life, attempting, albeit poorly, to align my life with God's, as Esther did her life.
In your life, I am sure there have been a few people who you felt were "gracious, merciful, and righteous," like my dear friend Esther. Prayerfully ponder how your special friends lived out their graciousness, mercy, and righteousness. Thank God for the gift of each one of them. Then, think out loud to God about how you can align your life to God's, in a way that you can become happiness and peace to yourself and others. After you say "Amen," start your day by practicing divine alignment. Pay attention to the peace you feel, even in trying. In time, happiness will begin to grow.