Psalm 16:11 - Fullness of Joy in God's Presence.

Psalm 16:11 - Fullness of Joy in God's Presence.

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV) You will show me the path of life; In Your 
presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures 

Psalm 16:11 (TEV)  You will show me the path that leads to life; 
your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever. 

Psalm 16:11 (NLT) You will show me the way of life, granting me 
the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you 


Fulness of joy. Enough and more than enough to satisfy God's 
child (Eph. 3:20). [SDA Bible Commentary] 

At thy right hand. Or, "in Thy right [hand]." God's hand is 
full, ready to bestow eternal pleasures upon His child. This store of 
pleasure will never be exhausted. It is coeternal with the Infinite (1 
Cor. 2:9). [SDA Bible Commentary] 


This psalm is often called a Messianic psalm because it is 
quoted in the New Testament as referring to the resurrection of Jesus 
Christ. Both Peter and Paul quoted from this psalm when speaking of 
Christ's bodily resurrection (Acts 2:25-28, 31; Acts 13:35-37). [Life 
Application SB re vv. 8-11] 

This passage is one of the few in the Old Testament dealing with 
resurrection. It refers to the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:22-32), and that 
is what gives us our hope (1 Pet. 1:3). [Chapter by Chapter Bible 
Commentary by Warren Wiersbe re vv. 9-11] 

This psalm is a beautiful expression of the soul's choice of 
God, its delight in Him, its repudiation of other gods, its comfort 
in the lot that God assigns, and its calm assurance of His help now 
and forever. [SDA Bible Commentary] 


Joy comes from being in God's presence. David's heart was 
glad--he had found the secret to joy. True joy is far deeper than 
happiness; we can feel joy in spite of our deepest troubles. Happiness is 
temporary because it is based on external circumstances, but joy is 
lasting because it is based on God's presence within us. As we 
contemplate his daily presence, we will find contentment. As we understand 
the future he has for us, we will experience joy. Don't base your 
life on circumstances, but on God. [Life Application SB re v. 11] 

   John Wesley set very high standards of holiness for his 
followers. He encouraged them to ask themselves challenging questions, such 
as, Have I prayed with fervor? Have I contrived ways to avoid 
self-denial? He taught his followers to pray, "Let me abstain from all 
pleasures that don't prepare me for taking pleasure in thee." 
   That doesn't mean he was a killjoy. When people accused him 
of being sour, he replied that he was convinced "true religion or 
holiness cannot be without cheerfulness. True religion has nothing sour, 
austere, unsociable, or unfriendly in it." 
   Wesley countered critics with questions: "Are you for having 
as much cheerfulness as you can? So am I. Do you try to keep alive 
your taste for innocent pleasures? So do I." He insisted that he 
enjoyed "every pleasure that leads to my taking pleasure in [God]." 
   Wesley denounced the idea that knowledge of our sinfulness 
makes us miserable. He insisted that dealing head-on with our 
tendencies toward "pride, self-will and peevishness" enables one to 
experience "peace and joy in the Holy Ghost." 
   Wesley wrote prayers for daily use, including these:
   "I know you are the end for which I was created, and I can 
expect no happiness but in thee." 
   "Let us take pleasure in your service and abound in your 
work, and in your love and praise evermore." 
   Father and Provider of all blessings, cleanse me and bring 
your holiness of joy and fulfillment into my life. Help me to seek 
you fervently and to enjoy all pleasures in your company. [The One 
Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra] 

   Sherwood Wirt tells us that the French poet Paul Claudel once 
remarked, after listening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, "Now I know that 
at the heart of the universe is joy." 
   That's a hopeful and optimistic perspective, but it seems to 
be contradicted by the vast emptiness of outer space and the 
agonies of humankind. To echo Einstein's question, Is the universe 
   In response, Wirt turns to the Scriptures where, amid the 
Bible's rugged realism, he finds repeated affirmations of joy. The 
psalmist speaks of "God my exceeding joy" (Psalm 43:4, KJV). Isaiah 
urges, "Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth!" (Isaiah 49:13 NKJV). 
Jesus promised his disciples joy, and Peter writes of "inexpressible 
and glorious joy" (1 Peter 1:8 NIV). 
   The psalms are songs full of rejoicing and calls to rejoice. 
Woody observes that the words gladness, joyousness, delight, and 
jubilation appear 108 times. In the Psalms we find the full range of human 
experience, including despair and desperation. Yet the theme throughout is 
the call to "shout for joy ... all the earth, burst into jubilant song 
with music" (Psalm 98:4, NIV). 
   Wirt turns to the word celebrate to capture the meaning for 
our times. "Let the heavens celebrate, and let the earth be glad." 
He calls for an injection of a spirit of jubilation. "The gospel is 
a message of grace and deliverance from sin by the death and 
resurrection of Jesus Christ, a call to repentance, commitment, and new life 
in the Spirit. It is a life not only victorious, but filled with 
the joy of heaven." 
   What is at the heart of the universe? The Bible affirms that 
"God is love" (1 John 4:8, 16 NLT) and that he lives in glory and 
joy. In our tragic, sinful world, that's often hard to comprehend. 
   Sherwood Win points us to the Good News: "The church has been 
given a joyful message, the greatest news that ever came to the human 
   Father in heaven, your salvation and joy are far beyond my 
comprehension. Infuse my mind and spirit, I pray, with the rejoicing and 
celebration that comes from you. Purify me, Lord, and draw me into your joy. 
[The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra]