This year we're memorizing one promise from scripture a week. If you want to follow along with our verse cards you can find them HERE. We're also placing importance upon context and studying each verse as we go. We want to honor the original language, meaning, etc as we read so that we can accurately learn and avoid placing our own opinions upon God's words. I'm so happy you're here!
YOU MAKE KNOWN TO ME THE PATH OF LIFE; IF YOUR PRESENCE THERE IS FULLNESS OF JOY; AT YOUR RIGHT HAND ARE PLEASURES FOREVERMORE · PSALM 16:11
What a fitting Psalm to memorize during the week of Valentines Day! I say that because this Psalm is all about our heart and what fills it. David authors this song of praise as He sings of the contentment and satisfaction to be found in God alone. He sings of intention – how he will choose to move towards God, believing that He will be faithful to provide.
“You make known to me the path of life.” Here, David is proclaiming that the way of life lived abundantly is made known to us through God. When you’ve become God’s child, you have discovered the ‘path’ of truest life, the way out of death, and the path moving onwards to heaven. David reminds us that when we know God, we know what it means to be truly “filled”, not just with a security in eternity but with a joy and abundance here.
“In Your presence there is fullness of joy.” David goes on to sing of the place where we can experience ultimate fulfillment – in God’s presence. When you think about it, believers in Christ walk in the presence of God all day. So while the joy to be had when you’re reading your bible or spending extended time in prayer is most definitely abundant, we get to walk in communion with God throughout EVERY PART of our days.
David is not “putting God in a box”. He is delighting in the Truth that our God walks with us in a moment-by-moment relationship. Oh how there is joy to be found in that. Have you felt that kind of fullness? It’s in praying through the mundane AND exciting moments – acknowledging God’s nearness as an opportunity to thank Him, ask for help – just tell Him everything. The joy to be experienced when we commune with the Lord is unmatchable.
“At Your right hand are pleasures evermore.” David proclaims that the most ultimate pleasure is found in Jesus – the One who sits at God’s right hand. The world consistently overpromises and under delivers to us on this one. The world says pleasures evermore are found in money, fame, sex, alcohol, Netflix, pornography, social media, promotions - anything that focuses on the “self” being on the throne.
God promises that true pleasure is found in His presence, but the truth of our hearts is that we often don’t believe Him. We say we do, but we tend to easily idolize many things. The frailty of our nature should give us gratitude for David’s God-led heart reminder. We cannot find our ultimate pleasure outside of God Himself. We will only find our fullness in the Father.
Where have you been looking for a joy that only God can fully bring? Where have you been seeking after pleasures that do not fully satisfy? Confess those things to Him, ask Him for forgiveness, and invite Him to change your heart – to make it more like His, filled with faithfulness. Let’s let our Father be our fullness - He longs to be.
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