You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:10-11 (ESV)
Fullness of joy. Fullness of joy. Sounds like a beautiful thing doesn’t it…and maybe even too good to be true? Doesn’t fullness of joy often seem to be elusive – kind of like a hopeless tease? Maybe we can believe in joy, but fullness of joy, well, not so sure.
I love this verse in Psalm 16, it is such a much needed reminder. It is in God’s presence that there is fullness of joy.
The world throws so much at us to try to keep us entertained, busy, happy, and hooked. We might want to spend time in God’s presence (i.e. in His Word, prayer, fellowshiping with other believers, etc.), but somehow we end up on facebook too long, reading the latest issue of People magazine (and possibly walk away discouraged that we don’t look more like [insert fave female celebrity here]), working out 30 minutes longer to balance out the guilt we have for eating too much of our favorite treat, watching hours of TV, you name it. There can be temporary pleasure in some of those things, but nothing near fullness of joy. My encouragement to all of us – don’t let lesser things rob us of the fullness of joy found only in the presence of Christ!
It is ultimately a mindset. No matter how busy our day – whether chasing toddlers around the house, working overtime, balancing school, work, and ministry, or dealing with our own or loved ones health issues – we can chose to be in God’s presence by what we chose to think upon (Philippians 4:8) as well as what we chose to do with our time.
My sweet friends, think about what the “lesser things” are in your life that make a habit of distracting you or keeping you from the greater and permanent joy that comes from being in the presence of our King. This isn’t a legalistic thing; this isn’t about rules or “do’s and dont’s;” this is about not missing out on an amazing promise of God.