Psalm 16:8b,9 “…he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;”
[You, Lord God, are the reason I can be glad and praise, for you are mightily faithful, lovingly good, totally wise and graciously giving. There is no lack for those who follow you. “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing” (Psa. 34:10). It is in you, in your character that all comes together, that all is provided, that all stability rests. It is so right to rejoice in you!]
Psalm 16:10 “my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.”
[You, Lord Jesus died, but your body did not deteriorate; it was brought back to life and transformed into the new and eternal form our bodies will have.
Right now we live in the land of the dying, but being in you, we already have eternal life and are in the Kingdom of the living.
And along with this, you have given us three wonders for life right now:]
1) Psalm 16:11 “You have made known to me the path of life;”
[In your love and grace, your compassion and forgiveness, your Spirit has opened my eyes to your way, and now I can walk on the path, “of the righteous” which “is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever more brightly til the full light of day” (Prov 4:18).
And every day, as we walk on your way, we can give you glory and honor by responding to every situation with praise. To know you is wonderful!]
2) “you will fill me with joy in your presence,”
[The more we know you, the deeper our joy goes, overflowing, energizing, transforming and guiding. The certainty of your presence is the well-spring of joy in our lives. And this will be multiplied a thousand-fold when we pass through death into eternal life. We praise you for it!]
3) “with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
[The certainty of spending eternity with you, Lord Jesus, at your right hand, enjoying the pleasure of your presence, the wonders of your being, the marvels of your new heaven and earth–this is a prospect beyond comprehension. To have this certainty is a further aspect to our present joy.
Truly, Lord Jesus, to know you is enough for joy, a joy that will be ever increasing until death and then exploding into all the dimensions in which you now live, expanding throughout eternity as we learn more and more of your marvelous, infinite character.
May we walk together in this day, Lord Jesus, so that I can shine the light of the joy you give me on all those I meet.