Sunday, August 28, 2011

Psalm 16 - Fullness of Joy

LINK: Psalm 16

BACKGROUND

I am a thinking that David wrote this after he became king because he proclaimed that God 
had made his lot secure, and that the boundaries had fallen for him in pleasant places. This is a man who had learned to trust in the Lord through many trials, and now God's promises to him had been fulfilled. 

REFLECTION


In Your presence is fullness of joy 
and pleasures forever.
(16:11) 

This is one of my favorite verses. The only place to have full and meaningful joy and pleasure is in the presence of God. I cannot reiterate that enough. It seems too simple to be true, but it really, really is.

After I posted this, a friend reminded me of this famous C.S. Lewis quote that gets at the heart of this verse:
Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. 
(The Weight of Glory)

Seek Him Bible Book Club members! Seek His face continually!

PRAYER 

Pray responsively through this Psalm. 
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