A Favorite Verse

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 16:11. Check it out in the ESV:

You make known to me the path of life;

in your presence there is fullness of joy;

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This Psalm is packed full of some great truth, but I particularly like this verse because it reveals three truths I need to be constantly reminded of:

You make known to me the path of life. This reminds me that God is the one who holds my future and will show me how to walk every day. This is a tremendous comfort to me because it takes away the pressure to “figure out” this great mystery of life. He shows me how to walk along this path of life. The path isn’t easy, but it’s much better knowing that I have a guide who knows the way and is there to help me.

In your presence there is fullness of joy. This reminds me that the only thing that will really satisfy me is being in the presence of God. There are lots of great things in life, and they all come from our Heavenly Father. But the highest joy available and imaginable will always be in the presence of the Triune God of the Bible. This is one of the reasons why I love to worship. Worship is beholding and basking in the presence of God, and I find this to be extremely satisfying. This helps me to have the right perspective; I won’t expect other things to satisfy me (or be surprised when they don’t) and I’ll know where to go when I need satisfaction: His presence.

At your right hand are pleasures forevermore. This reminds me of two things. First, the phrase ‘at your right hand’ brings to mind another passage from Hebrews 10: “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.” (v.12-13)

At the right hand of God are pleasures forevermore; who or what is at the right hand of God? Answer: Jesus. Jesus is the incarnation of eternal joy and pleasure, and in Him we have joy unlike anything else in the universe. He Himself said, “these things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11).

Secondly, this phrase brings to mind the hope of heaven and eternity with Jesus. Not only is the fullness of joy in His presence, but we will enjoy that fullness forever with Him in heaven. We are not like those who have no hope. We have a great and sure hope for eternity with our glorious and loving God. What a wonderful truth!

In this one verse I find the comfort of guidance, instructions for happiness, and hope for the eternal future. How much time do I spend every day trying to find my own way, trying to be happy, and looking forward to things that eventually let me down? This verse is a great reminder to me of where to look, and to find, all of those things and more.

My prayer is that you find the same comfort in Him today.

JV

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