Of First Importance: Happy in the Lord

Over the past couple of months, I have worked on having prolonged meditations through the Psalms.  I have been currently simmering over Psalm 16 where David exemplifies someone who made much of God.  God was his refuge, “chosen portion,” “my cup,” and “my lot.”  David has blessed the Lord and set the Lord continually before him.  The result was that his heart was glad and whole being rejoiced.  He came to know and experience the fullness of joy having dwelt in the presence of God.  He knew the unending pleasures at God’s right hand, the path of life, and blessings of “beautiful inheritance” because he was one who could resolutely confess, “I have no good apart from you.”  Contrast this from “the sorrows of those who run after another (false) gods”!

David was one who was happy in the Lord.  God was everything to him, and nothing was more important than knowing and experiencing the joy and pleasures of Him who is the Fountain of delights.  When I think this kind of life, my mind was taken back to George Mueller, who said that our happiness in the Lord is of first importance.  Hear the passionate exhortation from this great man of faith:

According to my judgement the most important point to be attended to is this: above all things see to it that your souls are happy in the Lord. Other things may press upon you, the Lord’s work may even have urgent claims upon your attention, but I deliberately repeat, it is of supreme and paramount importance that you should seek above all things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself! Day by day seek to make this the most important business of your life. This has been my firm and settled condition for the last five and thirty years. For the first four years after my conversion I knew not its vast importance, but now after much experience I specially commend this point to the notice of my younger brethren and sisters in Christ: the secret of all true effectual service is joy in God, having experimental acquaintance and fellowship with God Himself.

To read more of Mueller strategy of showing God, check out John Piper’s biographical message.

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2 Comments on “Of First Importance: Happy in the Lord”

  1. We are commanded ”Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say rejoice.”
    A miserable Christian is a contradiction and a misnomer.
    God has intended that we be full of joy, in serving Him.
    We must not the cares of this life deprive us of His Joy.

    Dr. Paul W. Foltz

  2. […] Timmy Brister reminds us Of First Importance: Happy in the Lord.  Keep this priority in mind as the Lord’s Day approaches. […]

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