Ps.63:5 – My soul is satisfied as with fat and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
Recently my minister friend from Bulgaria, Mitko, told me about a short book by John Piper on George Mueller. He was a man of God from the 1800’s in England who was known for his incredible work with orphans. In this book Piper brought out the secret of this man’s amazing success- it was being totaling happy, completely satisfied with the Lord. In everything you here about Pastor Mueller or anything that he wrote, it is characterized by three things. First, glorifying God by totally enjoying Him. Delighting and soaking in God’s word brought Mueller joy and brought glory to the Lord. Secondly, he was fixated on helping hurting people, particularly the many orphans in England at that time. Thirdly, helping people find their true happiness in the Lord was his passion. These three statements were the passion of his life which he pursued by pastoring for sixty six years, serving as a missionary for 17 years, and providing for and ministering to thousands of orphans throughout his life. Here is a taste of Mueller’s thoughts in his own words:
“Happiness in God comes from seeing God revealed to us in the face of Jesus Christ through the Scriptures. In them . . . we become acquainted with the character of God. Our eyes are divinely opened to see what a lovely Being God is! And this good, gracious, loving, heavenly Father is ours, our portion for time and for eternity. Knowing God is the key to being happy in God.
The more we know of God, the happier we are. . . . When we became a little acquainted with God . . . our true happiness . . . commenced; and the more we become acquainted with him, the more truly happy we become. What will make us so exceedingly happy in heaven? It will be the fuller knowledge of God.”
So how does this work in our crazy modern world? Circumstances have changed, the human heart has not. Finding joy in the Lord is the beginning of finding our purpose in life. To discover that He loves you, He chose you, He called you, He saved you, and has a purpose for you is the very substance of our life. When these things become alive in you, you can’t help yourself; reaching others becomes the very fabric of your life and your joy. To know Him and to help others find joy in Him is what true life is all about.