Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
David knew, “if I’m happy in God…sin has little to offer me.” Think about it. What would have happened if Adam would have said to Eve, “this guy’s creepy, let’s go hang out with Abba…I always feel better when I’m with Him.” The temptation hit hardest when they entertained the notion that their greatest happiness had to be discovered apart from God (as if Abba was holding out on them). Isn’t that our struggle? We’re tired, disappointed, hurt or confused…along comes the temptation to find some quick “satisfaction” and instead of tapping the joy of the Lord we hit the “joy” of whatever. (only to discover it saps us more L)
George Mueller is a hero of mine. He was born on September 27, 1805 and lived almost the entire nineteenth century. He died March 10, 1898 at the age of 92. He saw the great awakening of 1859 which he said “led to the conversion of hundreds of thousands.” He did follow up work for D. L. Moody, preached for Charles Spurgeon, and inspired the missionary faith of Hudson Taylor. He built five large orphan houses and cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. When he started in 1834 there were accommodations for 3,600 orphans in all of England and twice that many children under eight were in prison. One of the great effects of Mueller’s ministry was to inspire others so that “fifty years after Mr. Mueller began his work, at least one hundred thousand orphans were cared for in England alone.” He did all this while he was preaching three times a week from 1830 to 1898-at least 10,000 sermons. And when he turned 70 he fulfilled a life-long dream of missionary work for the next 17 years until he was 87. He traveled to 42 countries, preaching on average of once a day, and addressing some three million people.
George was a busy man huh? He walked uprightly with God all those years because of the following:
“I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished.” -George Mueller
So my question to you is, “is your soul happy in the Lord today?”