March 16 “Eternal Pleasures at your Right Hand” Psalm 16

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Pleasures at your right handDavid sang a song…

1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
5 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

I love how he recognized that when God was evident in his life, there was joy. Isn’t that true, joy is beyond happiness, because it is not dependent on circumstances but who is with us in them. But notice that this is the end of the song. A person must make choices for God and away from idols. “those who run after other gods will suffer more and more”. God must become primary in our lives… “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup”. Diligence and discipline in our relationship are necessary and the blessing begin to flow… “the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places, surely I have a delightful inheritance”.

How about me, am I experiencing what David sang about? Yes, in many ways. Checking myself, am I committed to God first and foremost? Yes, the things that matter for eternity (relationships, salvation, God’s favor) all these eternal pleasures are mine. Praise God!

Lord, thank you for the joy and pleasure you bring to my life. You did not let Jesus see decay and you will not let me see decay as well. What a promise born out of the resurrection! This is a happy Easter!

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