In Psalm 16:11 David said, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” David did not find his walk with God to be drab, dull, boring, or wearisome; rather he found it to be exhilarating and exciting! As you read and ponder this Psalm, you will find key points as to how David could experience such abundant life, even though he faced many difficult times; and the truth of the matter is that we can also experience this abundant life. He had learned to let God “call the plays” of his life, in verse 2 saying, “You are my Lord …” He recognized that all his blessings and provisions came from God, for in verse 5 he said, “O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup…” Then in verse 7 he had learned to both worship the Lord and receive guidance from Him, saying, “I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel…” In Verse 8 he had set his focus on God “I have set the Lord always before me…” And in verses 9-10 his heart was filled with hope, “My flesh also will rest in hope. For you will not leave my soul in Sheol” (the abode of the dead). No wonder David found joy and pleasure in God’s presence, and we can do the same.
-By Rose Hill
The Lord will bless the righteous, with goodwill and pleasure,
He will shield them from harm, for they are His treasure.
He instructs them and shows them, the way that they should go,
They have fullness of joy in His presence, we know!
And they give Him much pleasure, for His plan they do fulfill,
He is so very glad, when they walk in His will.
When this life is over, and all their work is done,
It is His greatest pleasure to welcome them all home.
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