Finding Fullness of Joy
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 16:11 ESV)
Lord, I am still seeking to learn about joy… and the phrase “fullness of joy” sounds wonderful. I can recall times when I’ve felt a true fullness of joy… I can even see some fullness on the horizon as I become an uncle in just a few weeks! However, I must confess that I don’t always feel a fullness of joy in your presence, so I’m going to need to drink in this psalm over the coming weeks.
It seems to me that previous verses express the foundation of this joy as welling up from David’s gratitude for your protection, provision, and in Jesus’ resurrection (“you will not let your holy one see corruption”) leading to our eternal salvation. How neat it is to read David’s words pointing to Christ, so many years ago! The cities and empires that thrived then are dust now, but your word abides forever. I believe that I will have to reread some old journal entries, and muse on all the trials you have delivered me through. I need to laugh and cry over the beautiful moments you have graciously orchestrated. Still more precious, I reflect on the vastness of the mercy and grace I have been granted in salvation!
Thank you Lord for your love that endures my sin so vile, and spans eons of time to rescue and adopt me as a son and heir. I am truly unworthy, and full of joy. Continue to work in my heart, and enable me to meditate on these glorious truths this weekend. In your name I pray, amen.