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)
Joy – that which provides a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Deep abiding, unwavering, the kind that makes you leap, twirl and spin, laugh uncontrollably.
If I can be honest, most days I have to reach for it. And most often it slips through my grasp as I barely hang onto it. I don’t always wake up full of joy. I seldom “skip through the day” without a care weighing me down. I rarely go to bed with a sense of great pleasure.
On those days where I find myself looking for joy, I am reminded that joy has never left me; but I have chosen to run from it.
In His presence is fullness of joy.
In order for me to feel the pleasure of the Lord, I have to spend time with Him and I have to be willing to check my baggage at the door of His presence. Yet time and time again I choose to carry the weight of my day upon my own shoulders, and before I know it there is no joy left, no pep in my step.
I desire to feel the pleasure of the Lord in my life. I want to feel Him smiling upon me, and hear him say, “well done, My Daughter, well done.”
If I will come into His presence daily, every moment of every day, He promises to give me joy, and oh the pleasures that will be found!
How about you my friend. Are you feeling weighted down by the cares of the world? Let’s purpose together to run into His presence, for there we will find joy and pleasures forevermore.
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