Sunday, 6 September 2020
Title: How to live a satisfied life?
By Elder Yu Chin Shie
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Some years ago, Oprah Winfrey appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and they exchanged favorite bible verses. Oprah chose Psalm 37:4 : “ Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
It is no surprise many would have chosen Psalm 37:4 as their favorite bible verse. Who wouldn’t like to have the Lord grant them the desires of their heart?
Oprah’s interpretation of Psalm 37:4 was not in line with scripture which prompted one person from the audience to seek the true meaning of the verse from John Piper, the well known pastor, author, speaker and founder of desiringGod.org.
I am not here to share how John Piper expounded on this verse but rather my experience and thought on this verse.
Surprisingly, Psalm 37:4 is not one of my favorite bible verses. However, the Lord has used this verse to minister to me in a deep and profound way more than 40 years ago when I had just graduated from Melbourne University with a Commerce degree and had wanted to stay back to work for a couple of years before I return home. I had presumed God would surely grant my desire as I could serve in the leadership of OCF (Overseas Christian Fellowship) Melbourne and at the same time gain some work experience before I eventually return home for good. At that time graduates were allowed 3 months after graduation to get a job, failing which they have to return home. With one month left to go and without a job, I was desperate and resorted to enrolling for a short post graduate course in another university so as to provide me more time to get a job. Shortly after my enrollment, I was told I couldn’t remain in the country unless I have a job at hand. To my shame, I realised I was not prepared to be where the Lord wanted me, such as going home when I was least prepared.
It was at that time when I was having my quiet time that God spoke to me from Psalm 37:4. It was like a thunderbolt and I felt so ashamed of myself. I asked for God’s forgiveness. I then totally surrendered my life to Him and resolved to go home within the next 3 weeks should I not able to secure a job. After I made that decision, I felt so relieved, like a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I experienced the peace and joy which had eluded me earlier.
To cut the story short, God did something amazing after my full surrender to His will for my life. Within the next two weeks, a head hunter with whom I found favour arranged 3 interviews for me. I got a job with a multinational company just before the time was up.
My last two years in Melbourne spent working was like God granting the desires of my heart. I had often looked back and thanked the Lord for the precious experiences. I became the Chairman of Melbourne OCF and was actively involved in evangelism and disciple making. I had grown in the Lord and seen lives being transformed. Glory be to our Lord! One of the students in my discipleship group is Calvin Ma from Hong Kong, who graduated as a doctor. He served God as a pastor in Swanston Street Church of Christ, Melbourne before serving in OMF (Overseas Mission Fellowship ) as Australia National Director and later as International Regional Director.
What have I learned from Psalm 37:4?
To delight in the Lord means to trust Him completely and to desire what He desires, to love what He loves and to do what He has purposed for my life. It also requires us to submit to His will in whatever situation we are in, acknowledging He is sovereign and He works out everything for good to those who love Him.
To quote John Piper,
“I think delighting yourself in the Lord is what shapes the desires of your heart so that it will be good for you for God to grant them. When we enjoy God, not just the gifts, but God Himself, then the desires of our heart are shaped, are defined and created, in accord with our delight in Him. “
O God our Heavenly Father, we confess that often we do not delight in you but rather on things of the world. Please forgive us and cleanse our hearts so that our desires are aligned to your perfect will for us. Help us to submit our ways to you and take delight in You who alone give us the desires of our heart.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
我在墨尔本最后两年的工作就如上帝赐予我内心的渴望。我经常回头，感谢主的宝贵经验。我成为墨尔本OCF的主席，并积极参与传福音和门训。我在主里成长，看到生活正改变。荣耀归于我们的主！我的门训小组中的一名学生是来自香港的马弟兄（Calvin Ma），他是一名医生。他在墨尔本的Swanston Street基督教堂担任牧师，然后在OMF（海外宣教团契）任职澳大利亚的主任，后来又担任国际区域主任。
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