Psalm 16:11 "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy."
"You will show me the path of life..."
Who doesn't want to know the "path of life" as set out by God? Wouldn't we all love to see the path of our life? Our Father has made that path know to us in part through His Word. In Psalms He reminds us that His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Rarely has He given me long-term details, but He does guide me and show me the way bit by bit as I seek His heart on the matters of my life and as I obey Him in the step I'm on. Of course, there are times when I'd like the light to shine a little farther down the path and show me what's ahead, but there is an element of faith involved in trusting Him, in trusting His love for me in what's ahead and trusting that He's provided all I need for the next steps. He has always proven to be faithful in His love and plan for me and those I love.
"In Your presence is fullness of joy."
My Father's Word tells me that joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit, His Spirit that lives in and through me. He also tells me that my joy in Him is my strength in this life.
So what is joy? My Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus says this of joy, "pleasure; extreme gladness. Delight, elation, ecstacy, rapture, bliss, happiness, enjoyment, glee, treasure."
Let me interject these in the scripture, "In Your presence is fullness of
Are these not two incredibly encouraging and stimulating promises from our Father, to show us the path of life and to fill us with the fullness of joy in His presence?
Can I encourage you to get away and spend some time devoted solely for you and Your Father to be alone. That may be in your prayer closet, a garden, the mountains, your car, a park, a room with the door closed, whereever you can find that time to simply sit at His feet as Mary did.
I pray that as you spend this time in His presence without the distractions of your world that you cling to His promise to receive the fullness of His joy.
"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust Him and He will do this." Psalm 37:4 - 5