A Life of Joy

You show me the path of life.

In your presence

there is fullness of joy;

in your right hand

are pleasures forevermore.

-Psalm 16:11


This verse reveals God's intimate love for you. God's utter joy over you. God's delight in leading you along the path of your life.

It's the prayer of a confident person who trusts God completely. The psalmist wholly relies on God to guide him every step of his life. And he knows firsthand the joy and delight of dwelling in the presence of God.

But maybe this is a prayer that rings hollow for you today. Your path may seem dark and uncertain. The joy and pleasures the psalmist speaks of may be foreign to your experience. Instead, you feel distant from God.      

You can be there. You can open your eyes and see the lighted path. But first you must lay down your burden. Give it to God. Ask God to embrace you and make this promise a reality in your life.