A while ago, I was having overwhelming feelings of emptiness. This is in spite of the great things that the Lord has done in my life.
I realized that I was lacking true happiness, peace and contentment.
In this article, I have compiled uplifting short bible verses about happiness that have helped me through my journey of contentment and true happiness.
At the end of the article, I also share a Prayer for happiness and true peace.
Short Bible Verses About Happiness
James 1: 2-3
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
2 Corinthians 6:10
“sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”
“By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you”
2 Corinthians 8:1-2
“And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”
1 Peter 4:13
“But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
“And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful.”
“Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home!”
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
“Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.”
“The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight into living.”
“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”
“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,”
“I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.”
Psalm 34: 5
“Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.”
“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.”
Psalm 119: 1-3
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.”
Happiness Amidst Tribulation
Just like many people, I struggle to find joy during hard times.
I know many people find it difficult to be joyful when things are tough but over time I have learnt that happiness shouldn’t only be derived from the ups of life.
Even when God allows us to go through trials and tribulations just like Job, if we trust Him, He will give us the grace to be happy and peaceful in all seasons.
It’s always good to remember that times of trial are meant to be the times we trust God and strengthen our faith. Just like the message from James to the twelve tribes:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:2-8
I encourage you today, to find joy and peace in your trials. May God bless you with happiness and peace in all seasons.
A Prayer for Happiness & Peace
I long to be happy,
I desire to be at peace,
Lord, teach me to be content. Teach me to be thankful,
With humility, Lord bless me with true happiness, joy and peace,
Thank you for loving me, thank you for forgiveness,
You have shown me mercy,
Your grace is sufficient,
I feel weak and ungrateful,
You have blessed me,
But I fail to see,
I have fallen short of your Glory, my Master
Lord forgive me,
Master bless me with true happiness,
My heart is open; I receive your Grace,
Thank you for granting me true happiness,
Thank you for teaching me contentment,
In your mighty name, I am happy,
I pray this trusting and believing in Jesus name,