Monday, 7th December 2020
GOD’S WAY TO HAPPINESS
Pastor Soong Kok Kee

Psalm 84:12 O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

The majority of people seek happiness in the wrong places. As a result, they are sad, disillusioned, and unsatisfied.

Let’s first take a look at some definitions of HAPPINESS from the book entitled “14,000 Quips & Quotes” by E.C. McKenzie:

  • True happiness is going to a high school class reunion and learning that the boy who was voted most likely to succeed – didn’t.
  • To be happy, do not add to your possessions but subtract from your desires.
  • Happiness is the result of being too busy to be miserable.
  • Happiness comes when we stop wailing about the troubles we have, and offer thanks for all the troubles we don’t have.

How to be happy:

  • Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live simple, expect little, give much, sing often, pray always, forget self, think of others and their feelings, fill your heart with love, scatter sunshine. These are tried links in the golden chain of contentment.
  • Genuine happiness is when a wife sees a double chin on her husband’s old girl-friend.
  • Some wives are so concerned about their husband’s happiness that they hire private detectives to find out the cause of it.

So, do the above quotes provide some answers to the eternal question of “Where can happiness be found then?”

In answer to the question, “Where is happiness?” Clarence Macartney said, “It is not found in pleasure – Lord Byron lived such a life if anyone did. He wrote, ‘The worm, the canker, and the grief are mine alone.’

Happiness is not found in money – Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. When dying, he said, ‘I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.’

It is not found in position and fame – Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. He wrote, ‘Youth is a mistake, manhood a struggle, and old age a regret.’

It’s not found in military glory – Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept in his tent because, he said, ‘There are no more worlds to conquer.’”

So my dear brothers and sisters, where then lies the source of real happiness? The author of Psalm 84 tells us that God’s living presence is our greatest joy. His radiant presence helps us to grow in strength, grace and glory. And the last verse of this Psalm concludes “O Lord Almighty, happy are those who trust in you.” ( Psalm 84:12 NLT)

We experience happiness as we turn from selfishly pursuing satisfaction in the pleasures of this world to seeking God and His righteousness. Remember when our Lord taught us not to worry about our daily needs (Matt 6: 25-34) but instead “ Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ”

Real happiness is knowing that our heavenly Father knows our every need, even before we ask that of Him, and trusting He will provide all that we need in this life and in the life to come. With such assurance, what is there not to be happy about?

For those of you reading this who may not yet know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, your happiness is first found in knowing that your sins have been forgiven through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and after that in devoting your energies to doing God’s will in your life. That is how you can discover true and lasting happiness your whole life through. Praying for you to find that source of true and lasting happiness.

“To take a glimpse within the veil,
To know that God is mine,
Are springs of joy that never fail,
Unspeakable! Divine!”

  • Newton

PRAYER:
Father God, thank you for reminding us that the source of all true and lasting happiness is putting our unshakable faith and trust in you and you alone. We pray especially for our family members and friends who do not yet know you as Lord and Saviour. We pray that like us, they may experience the joy of knowing you as their Lord and Saviour.

In the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray,
AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期一,2020年12月7日
标题:上帝的幸福之道
讲员:宋国基牧师
翻译:郑振隆弟兄

【诗84:12】万军之耶和华啊,倚靠你的人便为有福!

大多数人在错误的地方寻求幸福。 结果,他们感到悲伤,幻灭和不满足。

首先让我们看看麦肯齐 ( E.C. McKenzie )所著的 “14,000 妙语录” 一书中对幸福的一些定义:

  • 真正的幸福是参加高中班的同学团圆聚会,得知被投票为最有可能成功的男孩并没有成功。
  • 要快乐,别增加自己的财产,要减少自己的欲望。
  • 幸福是忙碌到没有时间痛苦的结果。
  • 当我们不再为烦恼哀号,而为一切我们没有的烦恼献上感恩,幸福就来了。

如何能快乐:

  • 让您的内心远离仇恨、您的思想摆脱忧虑、简单地生活、少期望、多付出、经常唱歌、常常祈祷、忘记自我、想及别人和他们的感受、让您的心充满爱、散布阳光。这些都是满足感链条中尝试过的环节。
  • 真正的幸福是当妻子看到丈夫的旧女朋友有双下巴时。
  • 有些妻子非常关心丈夫的幸福,以至于雇用私家侦探来找出原因。

那么,以上的引用是否对此永恒的问题 “在哪里可以找到幸福?” 提供了一些答案?

在回答 “幸福在哪里?” 的问题时,克拉伦斯•麦卡特尼(Clarence Macartney)说:“这不是在享乐中找到的 – 若然, 拜伦勋爵(Lord Byron)便是过着如此的生活。他写道:‘蠕虫,溃疡和悲伤都是我一个人的。’”

在金钱中找不到幸福 – 美国百万富翁杰伊•古尔德(Jay Gould)拥有很多金钱。 他垂死时说:“我猜想我是世界上最悲惨的人。”

地位和名望中找不到它–比肯斯菲尔德勋爵(Lord Beaconsfield)在这两方面都享受到了更多。 他写道:“青春是一个错误,成年是一个奋战,老年是一个遗憾。”

在辉煌的军功中找不到它 – 亚历山大大帝在他的时代征服了已知的世界。 达至这一切之后,他在帐篷里哭泣,因为他说:“再也没有其他世界可以征服了。”

所以,我亲爱的兄弟姐妹们,真正幸福的源头在哪里呢? 诗篇84篇的作者告诉我们,上帝的同在是我们最大的福乐。祂荣耀的同在帮助我们在力量、恩典和荣耀上增长。 这诗篇最后一节总结说:“万军之耶和华啊,倚靠你的人便为有福!” (诗篇84:12)

当我们从自私地在这个世界的享乐中追求满足感转向寻求上帝和祂的公义时,我们就体验幸福。 记得我们的主教导我们不要为日常需要忧虑(马太福音6:25-34),而是要“先求他的国和他的义,这些东西都要加给你们了。”

真正的幸福是认识到我们的天父甚至在我们向祂祈求之前就已经知道我们所有的需要,并且相信祂会供应我们今生和来生所需的一切。 有了如此的确据,还有什么让我们感到不幸福呢?

对于阅读这“每日灵粮“的人来说,可能您们还不知道耶稣是您们的主宰和救主,您们的幸福首先是知道您们的罪已经透过对我们的主耶稣基督的信心而被饶恕了,之后在您们的生活中致力于实现上帝的旨意。这就是您们如何在一生中找到真正及持久的幸福的方法。为您们祷告得以找到真正及持久的幸福之源。

“在面纱里瞥一眼,
知道上帝是我的,
永不止息的喜乐之泉,
难以言表! 神圣的!”
-牛顿

祷告
父神,感谢祢提醒我们,所有真实持久的幸福之源,在于我们坚定不移的信心和惟独对祢的信靠。 我们特别为尚未认识祢为主宰和救主的家人和朋友祷告。 我们祈求他们会如我们一样,可以经历认识祢作为他们的救主的喜悦。奉我们主耶稣基督宝贵的名祷告,阿们。