“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16.11
Each of us is on “the path of life.” For some that is a delightful experience. For others, that path seems filled with one trial after another and they wake up each day with less than a spirit of joy.
I do not mean to minimize the troubles that anyone is facing. But at the same time, I want us to consider the spiritual principles that this verse states. I see three important statements: (1) Thou wilt show me the path of life, (2) in thy presence is fulness of joy, and (3) at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
God is not only able to show us our path of life, but He is more than willing. Our part in this equation is that we must want to know the path He has chosen and then we must be willing to believe that our heavenly Father knows what is best for us.
Most of us will readily admit that God is omnipresent but we do not live each day in such a way that shows we KNOW what that means. If God is everywhere present and joy is found in His presence, why do we not have joy all the time? Do not mistake joy for happiness. No one is “happy” all the time. Circumstances will not allow it. But we CAN experience joy all the time, because we are always in His presence and that is where we find joy. Don’t sacrifice your joy at the altar of Satan’s temptation.
Can we even fathom the “pleasures” that God wants to provide His children? Those pleasures may range from something minor that God does for us each day to something major that God does because we need to hear from Him.
Take a close look at this verse. If you don’t already know it, commit it to memory. And then determine you are going to follow God’s path of life, experience His joy everyday, and anticipate His pleasures at the most unexpected moments. Just my thoughts …