"…in Your presence there is fullness of joy…"

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“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

“Path of life.” How true that statement is! There is a way that seems right to a man, as the Proverb says, but in the end it is the way to death (Prov. 14:12; 16:25). Surely, I didn’t distinguish between the path of life and path of death. It was God’s grace. He made known to me… He gave the lamp to light my feet. Certainly by myself I was lost and trudging down the path of destruction.

Where does this new path, this path of life, lead? To “fullness of joy”! And this happens in God’s presence. This indeed makes logical sense since God created all things good. Yet, the text doesn’t just say “pleasure.” It doesn’t just say pleasure because pleasure is not substantive enough. Joy is deep and abiding unlike the fleeting nature of pleasure, here one minute gone the next. Note that it’s not just joy, it’s the “fullness of joy.” Joy is not lacking in any sense before God almighty! Joy overflows. In the new creation we will swim in joy, it will perpetually be all around us, it will engulf us.

Notice again that this path leads to real life and not the fleeting pleasures that promise so much yet return so little—a short-lived smile and death. No this new path—path to God!—leads to pleasure forevermore.

The path that we were on led to pleasure—but it also led to death. The path that God graciously puts us on leads to joy, forever pleasure, to Himself!


 God help us to taste and see that You are good. Help us to invest in the joys in heaven and lay aside any ungodly pleasures here.