You will show me the path of life; In Your
presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures
for ever More!
people look for pleasure, that is for things that make them feel good,
in different ways. Some seek
money, some seek honor, some seek power, some seek friends, and some
seek entertainment and sports.
And I am sure that there are other ways to find pleasure.
But when we think about pleasure that is available in this life,
it is always fleeting and temporary.
Even if some of the satisfaction that we get in life lasts for
quite some time as friendships and marriages should, yet they are still
“over” when we die. And
if the Lord prolongs His promised coming--die we must!
In 100 years everyone reading this will be dust.
Their lives will be over. The
pleasures they pursued will no longer be needed to satisfy.
Now even if there were no existence after death, that makes life
seem futile to me. The
writer of Ecclesiastes summed it all up by telling us that he had tried
everything and had learned everything and had possessed everything, but
all was vanity and chasing after the wind.
King Solomon who is the writer, even tried other gods and all
that did was make God mad and it caused the kingdom to be divided after
his death. But David who
wrote the sixteenth Psalm says that there is a place where there are
pleasures forevermore. This promised pleasure is not passing pleasure.
It is permanent pleasure.
Frustrations of this Life
one looks for joy or pleasure in drugs or alcohol or licentiousness
living, pretty soon the thing that brought joy or pleasure will bring
bondage. Joy is the inner
happiness or satisfaction that comes from things that we think will make
us happy in this life. Pleasure
can give us joy. The words
are closely related. I think
that in the passage we are studying, the two words may be saying the
same thing—they may be interchangeable.
I think the passage could just as easily read,
“In the Lord's presence is fullness of pleasure, at His right
hand is joy forevermore.”
Truth in this Psalm
uses this Psalm in Acts 2 to show that it applies to the resurrection of
the Lord. David wrote the
Psalm but David's body saw corruption.
The Lord's did not. The
path of life that is referred to in this Psalm seems to be a revived
life according to some dictionaries.
The Lord is now sitting at the Father's right hand according to
the writer of Hebrews, who says that in running the marathon of the
Christian life we should be, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our
faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of
God (Hebrews 12:2 NKJV).” The
Lord then is enjoying the pleasure that comes with enduring the cross,
which was not pleasurable. He
was motivated by considering the joy at the end of his trial.
That joy involved being raised from the dead.
It involved the prospect of having a bride with Him in heaven.
we Apply the Psalm to those of us Who have been Redeemed?
Kind David wrote the Psalm
and a lot of it applied to Him. While
his body saw corruption, I have not doubt that He was looking forward to
a day when he would be raised from the dead. When David says, "For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,"
he likely was thinking of both himself and the Lord.
When he says, "Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see
corruption" he was definitely speaking prophetically of the Lord
only. The right hand is a
place of power but it is also a place of privilege and favor.
We who are saved today are going to have the privilege of being
the Lord's bride and we will enjoy the pleasure of the Lord's right hand
Hope, Blessing, Pleasure, and Joy
These words are all
associated with one whose sins are forgiven.
The believer's blessing is not necessarily found here in this
life. The writers of the New
Testament write to encourage those undergoing persecution. One of those
encouragements is the joy of knowing that we will enjoy the presence of
the Lord in eternity. I
realize that eternal life begins the moment we
believe on the Lord but that life has trials while we represent
Christ down here on this earth. But
eternal life is a not only a quality of life but a quantity of life and
it is a life of pleasure, hope, blessing and joy for all eternity.
If all we have to motivate us is the passing pleasures of this
life, if we don't really believe in the resurrection, if all is over and
done when we take our last breath, then truly life is meaningless.
We may control corporations, we may have been leaders of
countries, we may have amassed great wealth, but some day each of us is
going to die. Then what?
happiness is not found in this futile meaningless temporary existence.
True happiness is found at the Lord's right hand.
We who have been convicted of our sin and have trusted the Lord
for salvation will enjoy true happiness and
joy and pleasure that never ceases.
for the week of July 8, 2018