Devotional Bible Study: In His Presence Is Fullness Of Joy | Psalm 16:11.
Welcome to Day 3. for one of our short powerful devotions from the 31 Bible Verses About Practicing The Presence Of God. This short devotional is based on Psalm 16:11.
Read Psalm 16:11.
"You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
Psalm 16 is such a beautiful and encouraging Psalm. David joyfully expresses his confidence in God. He totally trusts God with his life and he joyfully sings all about it!
David had been through many trials and tribulations but he knew God as his refuge and strength. David had learned to trust God and to seek his face constantly. He made some good decisions while he eagerly spent time listening to God and actively walking in His presence but he also made some terrible decisions in his life that caused him much grief and others much grief! (I'm thinking about David and Bathsheba and the story of David and Uriah.)
What I admire about David, the psalmist, is that even when he sinned, he had a heart after God that longed to be in God's presence. He messed up but his love for God was deeply rooted in Him which always led him back to God.
This beautiful Psalm describes what life in Christ looks like. Join me below for a short devotional as we find out in 'His presence is fullness of joy.'
Short Devotional: In His Presence Is Fullness Of Joy
God's plan for your life and mine includes joy! In the presence of God, there is fullness of joy.
Did you catch that? In the presence of God, there is fullness of joy and it will be found even if your circumstances are not a joyful sight. The secret of being in God's presence is that your eyes are fixed on Him and not on what may be troubling your heart. That is the perfect place to be for God to fill you with His peace and it places you in the perfect posture to receive God's wisdom in the different situations that are swirling around you right now. We talked about receiving God's wisdom in our previous devotional.
You Will Show Me The Path Of Life
When you seek God and spend time in His presence, He will show you the path of life. God will keep you going in the correct direction. This fills me with peace because I often worry that I might take the wrong path. I worry that I might not be on the path of life that God has planned for me. But the truth is that God can correct our course if we make a mistake, just like God did with King David.
Are you on the right path?
There are two paths. One is wide and diverse, and it leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). This is the way of the world. The other is the path of life, and it is narrow and sparsely populated. I have a love/hate relationship with this verse, Matthew 7:13-14. I hate that the road is narrow! It breaks my heart that it is hard to find people that truly want to know God and want to know the true joy that can only be found in His presence. We need to pray for our world.
We are told in the last part of Psalm 16:11 that "at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Jesus Christ is at God’s right hand and if we know Jesus as our savior that means that we are in Christ at God’s right hand. We are promised eternal life. We are promised access to God's presence forevermore and when you practice the presence of God (read more about that here) you will enjoy God's supernatural peace, gain His wisdom in different situations and you will discover that in the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy.
To help you apply this verse to your life and to listen for what God is saying to you I have created a free printable with 31 scriptures on Practicing The Presence Of God, a guided prayer journal to help you go deeper with each verse and to help you unpack what God is saying to you through each verse.
Today's devotional is based on Psalm 16:11 which is from our Practicing The Presence Of God: 31 Presence Of God Scriptures Plan. You will find a free printable PDF of 31 scriptures about God's presence in the Resource Library. It has a bible reading plan, guided prayer, and gratitude journal. Download this free printable or grab a notebook.
What is God saying to you through this verse?
What burdens do you need to surrender to God and trust Him with?
Write out your prayer request.
What are you grateful for today? Count your blessings!
Write out the scripture verse, it helps you to memorize the scripture and store up God's truth in your heart. Then in the last section of the prayer journal, there is space to record what God is speaking to you through our bible verse for today, Psalm 16:11.
We are called to pray without ceasing. That means we can talk with God