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 (NIV) You make known to me the path of life; you 
will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at 
your right hand. 

What is true Happiness?  A child eating an ice cream cone can be 
happy.  A student getting an "A" on all subjects can be extremely 
happy.  And how about all that happiness when ball games are won?  
These are all earthy, temporary, short-lived times of happiness.  What 
we really want is the long lasting, deep seated, eternal kind.  The 
Bible refers to it as joy.  Material riches can bring spiritual 
poverty.  Material poverty can bring spiritual riches.  It is possible to 
have both types of riches but in many cases material "blessings" 
becomes a curse.  In fact, going through difficult circumstances help us 
better understand what Christ went through for us and makes us partners 
with Him.  God does not promise temporary happiness; indeed, the 
Bible assumes problems will come our way.  But God does promise 
lasting joy for all those who believe in Him.  This kind of joy stays 
with us despite all our problems. (Yokefellows at BCCC) 

Joy comes from being in God's presence. 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] 

   God's Presence evokes a variety of responses in Scripture. 
Some people are terrified in His Presence, others freeze in awe and 
wonder, and some marvel that they didn't recognize Him until after He 
left. Sometimes He appears with clouds and thunder; other times He 
shows Himself subtly and selectively. Regardless, there's one response 
we rarely see in a God-encounter in the Bible: joy.  
   Why is that? Probably because His appearances are sudden 
events, and the first response to the trauma of seeing Him can range 
from panic to guilt to awe to zeal. But for those who spend extended 
time with Him - Moses in the Tabernacle, David in his crises, or the 
disciples with Jesus - the alarm wears off and the relationship deepens. 
The result, David tells us in Psalm 16, is joy.  
   Even today, many believers dread really getting up close and 
personal with God. That's because they don't know who He is. They haven't 
grasped mercy or understood His goodness. They don't know He wants us to 
experience His pleasure forever, or that one of His primary purposes for us 
is to experience His joy (John 17:13). Few of us realize that He 
wants to delight us. His goal is that our hearts would overflow when 
we're with Him.  
   Father, help me ignore the teachers who emphasize the 
obligation of serving You more than the pleasure of knowing You. Help me 
embrace the truth that You are zealous about my joy, and show me how to 
experience it in Your Presence. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   Waiting on Me means directing your attention to Me in hopeful 
anticipation of what I will do. It entails trusting Me with every fiber of 
your being, instead of trying to figure things out yourself. Waiting 
on Me is the way I designed you to live: all day, every day. I 
created you to stay conscious of Me as you go about your daily duties.  
   I have promised many blessings to those who wait on Me: 
renewed strength, living above one's circumstances, resurgence of hope, 
awareness of My continual Presence. Waiting on Me enables you to glorify 
Me by living in deep dependence on Me, ready to do My will. It also 
helps you to enjoy Me; in My Presence is fullness of Joy. (Lam. 
3:24-26; Isa. 40:31; Psa. 16:11) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

As you turn your attention to Me, feel the Light of My Presence 
shining upon you. Open your mind and heart to receive My heavenly smile 
of approval. Let My gold-tinged Love wash over you and soak into 
the depths of your being. As you are increasingly filled with My 
Being, you experience joyous union with Me: I in you, and you in Me. 
Your Joy-in-Me and My Joy-in-you become intertwined and inseparable. 
I suffuse your soul with Joy in My Presence; at My right hand 
there are pleasures forevermore. (John 17:20-23; Psa. 16:11) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 


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