Experiencing the ‘FULLNESS OF JOY’ in God’s PRESENCE: "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)
King David’s prayer reveals his trust and reliance upon God. There are four components in this verse: a guide (God), a traveler (me), a way (path) and an end (life). The guide is but one, the traveler, one; the way one; and the life, the only one. If God is to be our guide, there are three things that we should do, which are recorded in this Psalm:
- Put our trust in God alone (Psalms 16:1)
- Bless the Lord at all times (Psalms 16:7; 34:1)
- Set the Lord always before us (Psalms 16:8)
This psalm is about a person who obeys God by putting total confidence in God alone (Psalms 16:1). There is nothing good in our lives except what God has given us (v. 2; James 1:17). When we speak about the virtue of goodness, there are two aspects: being good and doing good. Goodness is the fruit of walking with God, and the goodness of God is associated with His patience. Further, we should prefer the company of the saints of God (v. 3) and avoid people who do not serve Christ (v. 4). God will then bless us and lead us through the right way (v. 7). He will not leave us in the place of the dead, but will resurrect us into the land of the living (v. 10) – into the very presence of God (v. 11). We will then enjoy the blessings of God in this life and beyond all that we can have confidence in a life to come, one filled with joy and eternal pleasures. Our Lord Jesus Christ being raised from the dead has already ascended into glory, to dwell in constant nearness to God, where joy is at its full for ever – that is the place where we will go one day in the future.
In the meantime, let us experience the fullness of joy in God’s presence. When we live close to God, we will truly experience joy in our lives and this will spill over to others as joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). "But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You." (Psalms 5:11)