“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” Ps 16:11
I read a fascinating book last year (www.lifemodel.org/product.php?type=book&rn=1). The main subject of the book is joy. “We are creatures of joy. At it’s essence joy is relational. Joy means someone is delighted to be with me and I like it! Our creator made us with brains that want to operate with joy in charge, and our lives want to be filled with relationships that lead us to joy.”
Ps 16 speaks of this joy. Ultimate joy comes from being in the presence of God, being delighted in by Him. It’s hard for me to accept that joy is out natural state of mind. That means anxiety, fear, worry, disillusionment are invaders of the heart and mind. Now that I think about it, there is quite a bit of talk about joy in the NT.
“make my joy complete” http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=1435
“enter into the joy of your master” www.biblebrowser.com/matthew/25-21.htm
Back to Ps 16, You God are the one that shows me the way of life, true joy comes from being with you, and pleasure is achieved by walking with you today and forever.
Prayer: I look to so many other things for life, joy and pleasure. Have mercy on me oh God, help me to live in your presence and experience your joy today. Amen.