The following article is a guest post from Emily Moore, co-founder of Psalter Project, a community resource for singing the psalms with fresh arrangements of faithful translations. Emily and her brother, Pastor Derek Moore, desire to see the broader church know and sing the psalms. Their latest album The Good Life is now available – just click the link.
Who doesn’t want to be happy? “The pursuit of happiness” is such a basic aspect of human nature that it is considered an inalienable right in the U.S. Constitution. So when we think of “the good life,” what typically comes to mind are some key ingredients to a pleasure-filled life: health, wealth, and popularity.
However, the psalms give us a radically different picture of what a truly good life looks like. It’s not just a different means to an end; the goal itself is redefined. Contrary to our natural instinct, the good life is not essentially found in happiness. God is the fountain of life (Ps 36:9) and the source of pleasure that will last forever (Ps 16:11). Our good depends on God’s nearness (Ps 73:28).
Psalm 103 puts it this way: God is the one “who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your […]