You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11)
The verse above is applied by Peter (Acts 2:25-28) as prophecy regarding the resurrection of Christ. However, it’s immediate application would be to David, it’s author. There are rich promises in this verse that should encourage us.
We often speak of life as a journey. All along the way there are highs and lows, sunshine and storm. But, David shows David the right path. This path leads to God who is the source of blessings, rather than death and corruption.
The point of the Psalm is not the difference between life here and there, but between life with God verses life apart from God. The secret to ultimate fulfillment is found in communion with God. When we realize this, the challenges of this life will seem to dwindle.
By trusting God, we can cheerfully except the place he has appointed for us. David seeks God‘s counsel (vs.7), God’s protection (vs.8), and the assurance of a future life to come (vs 1). God is the only one who can make such promises. He is the only true path to life.
By following the right path, one finds that in God‘s presence is enough joy to for fill every craving of the human heart. The effect of sin is to quench our desires for God, and hinders us from following this path to ultimate contentment.
The Scriptures are designed to convict us of sin, and lift our thoughts back to God. The Scriptures tell us of a crucified risen and glorified Savior who rolls away the burden of sin and provides forgiveness, peace, security, and victory. Joy in God is found through faith in this Savior.
In this life there will be many challenges heart aches grief and pain. But, in the midst of this earthly sojourn God is a fountain of life and joy. <George Slover / Moment with the Master>