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A Reason to Rejoice and Be Glad – Psalm 118:24

A Reason to Rejoice and Be Glad Psalm 118:24

Good morning, Sunshine! This is the day the Lord has made. And God can take a seemingly ordinary day and turn it into A Reason to Rejoice and Be Glad!

In this Psalm 118 devotion, we’ll look at our reason to wake up and rejoice today.

So, let’s read this beautiful reminder of God’s goodness together…

 

This is the day the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

                           Psalm 118:24 NKJV

This is the Day the Lord Has Made

Do you ever feel like you don’t know what day it is? Like you think it’s Tuesday but really it’s Wednesday?

Me too!

That’s because we do the same things over and over every day.

So much so, the days blend into each other.

And when we get caught in this trap, it’s easy to think today won’t be any different. We’ll have the same hum-drum day we always do.

But God has a plan for today. And He has a knack for turning each day into a reason to rejoice and be glad.

In a single moment, God can change the course of our lives or someone else’s through a chance meeting at the right time. He’s the Master of creating these “chance” encounters and they’re never just a coincidence.

Or by touching our hearts in an unexpected way, God can use our ordinary day to show us His amazing grace and mercy on display.

We can be sure, no matter what happens today, this is the day the Lord has made! And He will give us a reason to rejoice and be glad in it.

What is the meaning behind Psalms 118:24?

We’ve been talking a lot about context in church lately and looking at how it pertains to some of the most quoted Bible verses.

Our verse for today, Psalm 118:24 is one of these scriptures. It talks about the day the Lord has made and rejoicing in it.

But to get to the true meaning of Psalm 118:24, we should also read the verses just before and just after it.

There are a couple of things to examine within the context of this passage of scripture.

What is the chief cornerstone?

 The verses just before ours give meaning to our day…

 

 The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone.

This was the Lord’s doing;

It is marvelous in our eyes.

                        Psalm 118:22-23

You probably already know this scripture because it is also a Bible quote used as a popular memory verse.

The chief cornerstone talked about here is Jesus. He quoted this verse Himself in Matthew 21:42 while speaking with the Jewish leaders of His day.

During the time of David, the people were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the promised Messiah and the sacrifice that He would provide for their sins.

This was a day they were looking forward to. It would be a perfect day. And a day of celebration and rejoicing.

But when Jesus arrived on the scene, the Jewish leaders rejected Him. They refused to believe He was the promised Messiah. And that their perfect day had finally arrived.

Even though the chief cornerstone was rejected by these Jewish leaders, it was God’s hand at work. Through the rejection and crucifixion of Jesus, this Old Testament prophesy was fulfilled.

It was a day to rejoice in, then and now!

With this context in mind, we can begin to understand why today “is a day the Lord has made”. And see our reason to rejoice and be glad in it.

Simply put, it’s Jesus! He’s our reason to rejoice.

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Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord Verse

 In the verses just after ours, we see the promise of another day of great rejoicing.

 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.
                                              

                         Psalm 118:26 NIV

These are the words the crowd shouted as Jesus entered Jerusalem in Matthew 21:9.

Because they saw Jesus for who He truly is, they praised God and rejoiced in the fulfillment of His promise.

Jesus spoke these same words again in Matthew 23:39 referring to His ascension into heaven. And in doing so, He gave us another beautiful day look forward to, His second coming.

This is the day we are eagerly awaiting now!

The day when it will be our turn to shout “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

What a glorious day it will be when Jesus takes His rightful place and rules over this earth!

It will be a day to rejoice and be glad as we praise our Savior forever!

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What does it mean to rejoice and be exceedingly glad?

In this next Bible verse, Jesus spoke words of encouragement into our hearts as we wait for His return…

 

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

                                               Matthew 5:12 NKJV

 

As Christians, we have a great reward waiting for us in heaven. It isn’t a gold crown (although we’ll have that too), or a treasure chest full of jewels.

Our reward is Jesus!

His glory and grace belong to us because we belong to Him. And we will spend eternity in paradise praising our Savior with joy and gladness.

So, whatever today looks like, even if it’s another ordinary day, we have Jesus. And He is more than enough reason to be glad!

We can look back on the day Jesus died on the cross for our sins. And we can look forward to the day when Jesus comes again, knowing both are a reason to rejoice and be glad!

But more importantly, we have a reason to rejoice and be glad today. Because it is another day the Lord has made for us to sing His praises.

Will you join me as we rejoice in the day the Lord has made?

I hope so.

And I pray you’ll see, through the words of Psalm 118, a reason to rejoice no matter what today brings!

Please leave a comment below and let me know how you’re claiming… this is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it.

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Bible Verses about Joy that will Fill Your Heart with Gladness

Bible Verses About Joy that will fill your heart with Gladness

Have you ever wondered…

What does the Bible say about joy?

Then you’ve come to the right place!

Today I’m playing “The Glad Game” by channeling my inner Pollyanna and sharing these Bible verses about joy that will fill your heart with gladness.

If like me, you’re a fan of the book or movie, you know that the glad game is a central part of the story of Pollyanna.

Her father made up this game to teach her how to deal with the disappointments in her life. And he showed her that by focusing on the things that bring joy instead of sorrow she could rise above and overcome any hardship.

Likewise, our Heavenly Father has given us the one tool we need to play our own version of the glad game, the Bible.

It’s through His Word, God teaches us how to overcome the difficult circumstances we are faced with every day.

Joy in the Bible is a big topic. And this powerful verse from Philippians has a very close relationship to the glad game because it tells us to focus on the positive instead of the negative …

whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

                                                            Philippians 4:8

Our version of the glad game is not about pretending we don’t know or see the bad things going on around us. Of course, we do.

But God commands us to not let negativity weigh us down or take hold within us. Instead, He wants us to put our thoughts and energy into the goodness that surrounds us every day.

When we do, God promises to renew our hearts and minds. Refresh our souls. And give us strength for the journey ahead.

We can choose joy over sorrow!

With that in mind, let’s play “The Glad Game” by looking at some scriptures about joy that are sure to fill our hearts with gladness.

Are you ready?

Bible Verses about Joy in the Lord

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

                                                      Nehemiah 8:10

 

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                                                      Psalm 16:11

 

You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.

                                                      Acts 2:28

 

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

                                                   John 15:11

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                                   Romans 15:13

 

Bible Verses about Joy and Happiness

 

You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

                                                   Psalm 4:7

 

You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

                                                   Hebrews 1:9

 

He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

                                                  Proverbs 16:20

 

Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

                                                Romans 14:22

 

You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.

                                              Isaiah 9:3 NIV

 

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Bible Verses about Joy in the Morning

 

Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

                                                      Psalm 30:5

 

My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

                                                   Psalm 130:6

 

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.

                                                  Psalm 143:8 NIV

 

 

Bible Verses about Joy in Suffering

 

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

                                                    1 Peter 4:12-13

 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

                                                     James 1:2-4

 

Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

                                                     John 16:22

 

 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

                                                    1 Peter 1:7-8

 

Uplifting Joyful Bible Verses

 

 

Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

                                                     Isaiah 12:3

 

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

 

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

                                                   Habakkuk 3:18

 

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To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—  to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.                                             

                                                  Jude 1:24-25

 

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

                                                    Galatians 5:22-23

 

 

Bible Verses about Joy and Thankfulness

 

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.

                                                       Psalm 95:1-3 NIV

 

With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:

“He is good;
his love toward Israel endures forever.”

And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

                                                     Ezra 3:11 NIV

 

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

                                                    Colossians 2:6-7

 

 What I love most about Pollyanna is her infectious positivity. The joy she had quickly spread throughout her town and changed the hearts of everyone she met. All it only took to make a real impact was one little girl who had the gumption to share her joyful worldview.

We can have that same gumption too.

By allowing these scriptures on joy to change us from the inside out, we can have a positive outlook and make a real impact for God’s kingdom.

And when we follow the simple guidance inside of these verses about joy, the fruit of the Spirit… love, joy, and peace will be with us wherever we go.

People will see the difference in us. And before we know it, the joy of the Lord will spread like wildfire to all those around us. And it will have a lasting, positive effect in our communities.

I truly hope these Bible Verses about joy that will fill your heart with gladness, remind you of all Jesus has done in your life.

And I pray everyone around you will feel the joy the Lord surrounding them today.

May the grace, peace, and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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In His Presence Is Fullness of Joy Psalm 16:11

In His Presence is Fullness of Joy Psalm 16:11

Psalm 16:11 tells us… in His presence is fullness of joy. In this devotional, we’ll examine this scripture and discover the meaning behind it.

What does it mean in His presence is fullness of joy?

For the answer to this pivotal question, let’s read the Bible Verse that reveals the path to true happiness and fullness of joy…

 In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

        Psalm 16:11 NKJV                                                                        

 

 

To fully grasp the meaning of Psalm 16, we need to understand why David wrote this Bible verse in the first place.

When David penned these words, he was facing dire circumstances. He was on the run, hiding out, and waiting for the king’s army to find him and kill him. A painful death seemed absolute.

On the surface that doesn’t sound like a reason to be full of joy.

But David was able to look past the hardship and see the goodness of God.

He understood that true joy doesn’t rely on the outward circumstances we face each day.

Instead, it is a loving relationship with the Creator of the world that gives us a reason to rejoice, even in the worst of times.

That’s why David could say… in Your presence there is fullness of joy!

What does being in the presence of God mean?

Simply being in God’s presence brings joy into our lives.

There is nothing too big for Him to conquer and nothing too small for Him to care about. Whatever comes our way, God and His presence are always with us.

There are two ways God’s presence stays with us.

First, we have an audience with the Ruler of the Universe through prayer. No matter what time of day it is, we can take our troubles to Him and find joy in His presence.

Second, through the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we are in constant contact with our Heavenly Father. He resides in us, and we reside in Him.

It is a blessing from the Lord to reside with Him every day. And because of our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been granted this great honor.

Here’s how Psalm 21 describes this unending blessing…

Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

                                                  Psalm 21:6 NIV

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What is the meaning of fullness of joy?

 

In the Bible fullness of joy represents rejoicing and gladness. It’s a celebration of who God is and all He does for us every day.

Joy is not a fleeting feeling, here one minute and then gone the next. It has nothing to do with our outward circumstances, or whether or not we feel happiness in the moment.

For Christians, joy is a state of being. Something that remains inside of us no matter what is going on in our lives. And we receive our joy from the Creator of joy, the Lord Jesus.

With gladness and rejoicing, we can enter the presence of God, day or night, and find fullness of joy simply because we know Jesus.

Here’s what Jesus told us about this kind of joy…

 

But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

                                                       John 17:13 NKJV

 

This is the prayer Jesus prayed for His disciples and for us… that His joy would be fulfilled in us.

The scriptures impress upon us the importance of building our joy on the truth of who Jesus is. And not on anything we may find in the world.

By putting our faith in Jesus, we have His joy in us. And by trusting in Him as our Savior, our joy is complete.

Jesus is the true meaning of fullness of Joy!

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What is the meaning of at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore?

At God’s right hand sits our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Him, we find salvation, acceptance, and pleasure, in spite of our current circumstances.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

                                                      Colossians 3:1 NASB

 

We have a new life in Christ, one that doesn’t end with physical death.

And in this verse from Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul encourages us to keep seeking heavenly things. These are the things that matter, and the things that will last beyond this life.

All of Psalm 16 points to the birth, death, and resurrection of the Messiah, Jesus.

And the “pleasures forevermore” we experience, are the things we’ll have when we’re in heaven with Him for all eternity! They are our reward for a life lived for Jesus.

Psalm 16:11 is a moving scripture of praise and rejoicing. It shows us how to live in Christ Jesus, even though we face hardship and pain in this life.

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What does being full of joy mean?

And in my life, I’ve had a great example of how to live out this joyful Bible verse.

My Granny exemplified the meaning of fullness of joy in so many ways.

She was many things, tough, independent, smart, funny, loving and most of all… full of joy.

No matter what life threw at her, she had joy deep within!

At first glance, it doesn’t look like Granny had a lot to be happy about.

She began cleaning houses at eleven years old to pay the family’s rent. By this time, her father was elderly, and her mother was ill. So, it was up to her to provide for the family.

When she was sixteen, Granny got married and had four kids right away. Life looked like it was shaping up.

But tragedy struck her young family. Granny’s daughter died suddenly at only one-month-old. The same year, she lost her grandmother and her mother. The loss of all three in such a short time was devastating.

Years later, tragedy struck again. Her son was murdered. This loss meant two of her four children were gone before their time. The heartbreak was almost unbearable.

The grieving process was hard for Granny. There were many tears shed and memories shared. And there was, yes, laughter.

Granny wasn’t afraid to cry, but she wasn’t afraid to laugh either.

She reminisced about the good times and talked about the bad without fear. She remembered her loved ones who were gone too soon. And she remained joyful in spite of the hardships in her life.

 

How is it possible to have fullness of joy when everything is against you?

Granny showed me how to do many things in life. But the one I remember most is the way that she shared her joyful spirit with everyone around her.

Like David, she chose to walk with God through every circumstance, good or bad.

Knowing Jesus and walking hand in hand with Him gave her the confidence to live life fully and with joy.

Because she understood the meaning of in His presence there is fullness of joy.

We may not feel joy at times. But we don’t have to look far to find it, because God has promised us that in His presence there is fullness of joy.

If you feel like joy is something out of reach in your life. Enter God’s presence. Pray and ask Him to help you. He will show you the meaning of… in His presence is fullness of joy!

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What is the Joy of the Lord? – Nehemiah 8:10

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We’ve all heard the Bible quote… the joy of the Lord is my strength.

But what is the joy of the Lord? And how can we find it?

Joy is something we all want in our lives. But in our modern world, it seems like an unattainable goal.

We’re pushed and pulled in so many different directions all at once. Survival becomes the norm, and joy is left for another day.

So, in this devotional, we’ll answer all your questions about the joy of the Lord, learn how it is your strength, and discover the key to finding it every day.

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

 

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

                                      Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

In this scripture from Nehemiah 8, we learn the secret to finding joy.

The people of Nehemiah’s day were convicted of their sin, and they wept bitterly because of it. They understood they could never live up to the standard of God’s law and they would never deserve God’s redemption.

But Nehemiah reminded them, now is not a time for sorrow, instead, it’s a time to celebrate.

In their sin and shame, they forgot all God had done for them. And they needed to be reminded…  the joy of the Lord is your strength!

We’re no different. In our lives, the meaning of this verse can easily elude us when times are tough.

We forget it’s not what we do that brings us joy. Instead, it is what has been done for us that allows us to say… the joy of the Lord is our strength!

Where does the Joy of the Lord come from?

Joy comes from the Lord and having a connection with Him.

Think of it this way…

There are some people we meet and click with immediately. It feels like we’ve known them for years.

Then, there are people we have known for years and share a past with.

We have a meaningful connection with them. And we feel joyful being with them.

The thought of being separated from the people we’re connected to brings us pain. And the idea of not having them in our lives is unimaginable.

This is how God feels about us.

He sees us as the person He has a connection with. And He desires to have a lasting and loving relationship with us.

But sin separated us from God and kept us from having the meaningful relationship with Him we were created for.

So, God sent His Son, Jesus, to fill that gap for us.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

                                                  2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

Jesus is the remedy to sin we need to be connected to God and to experience the joy of the Lord.

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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

 

This scripture from Hebrews 12 is clear… When Jesus died for our sins, He was focused on “the joy that was set before Him”.

And guess what… we are that joy.

We are the joy of the Lord!

Our salvation is the reason Jesus died and rose again. And our salvation is what He was thinking of on the cross.

Jesus willingly faced a sinner’s death because of His joy in us. He came to fill the gap left by sin and to die in our place. He did it so our relationship with God could be restored permanently.

Now, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, sin no longer separates us from God, and we can experience the joy of walking with Him every day.

Once we learn this simple truth, our relationship with Jesus will flourish. And we will no longer have to face the hardships of life alone.

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How to Have the Joy of the Lord

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.

                                                      Psalm 16:11 NIV

If you’re still asking… How do I receive the joy of the Lord?

The answer is simple.

If you believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as your Savior, then the joy of the Lord is already within you.

You have salvation, what this verse from Psalm 16 calls “the path of life”.

And once you are saved, the Holy Spirit dwells inside of you.

It is this continuous presence of God that fills us with overflowing joy.

If you haven’t asked Jesus to come into your life and save you from your sin, and you would like to know how, please read Accepting Jesus. You’ll find the answers to your questions about salvation through Jesus in this short guide.

God is Your Strength

The word strength in Nehemiah 8:10 paints a picture of God’s protection over us.

When we’re weak, we can seek refuge in God’s loving arms. Because He is our place of safety.

And we can draw strength from our relationship with God and find joy in Him through any circumstance.

Here are two Psalms that illustrate the Lord is your strength vividly…

 

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

                                  Psalm 46:1 NKJV

 

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

                                 Psalm 91:2 ESV

Hard times will come our way. But we have a secret place to run to when they do.

God is our strong tower and fortress in times of trouble. He is our protection from the world. And the place we can find joy and strength when we need them the most.

Whatever you’re facing, God will see you through it.

Place your trust in the Lord and He will be your strength.

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Living in the Joy of the Lord

By now you may be wondering… how do I have the joy of the Lord every day?

Let’s look at one more Bible verse that teaches us about living in the Joy of the Lord.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

                                                           Romans 15:13

Chaos and busyness take over our lives sometimes.

With so many things to do each day, it’s no wonder the joy we once had from knowing God intimately is replaced with stress and overwhelm.

But joy, real joy, comes directly from God. It’s an inner feeling of calm that is always there no matter what is happening on the outside.

This kind of joy doesn’t depend on us or our feelings to be present in our daily lives. It is the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us that makes it possible to live with the joy of the Lord every day.

We may not always see this joy, but it is still there deep within us because the Holy Spirit lives there.

I hope you know how much God loves you. And how much He wants to give you the joy and strength you’re looking for.

So, this last Bible verse from Romans 15:13 is my prayer for you today.

May God fill you with all joy and peace in believing. And by the power of the Holy Spirit cause you to abound in hope and in the joy of the Lord!

Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on, “What is the Joy of the Lord?”

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Path of Life 16:11 Devotional

Do you ever ask yourself… “How did my life turn out this way?” Or wonder what the path life is supposed to be? In this Psalm 16:11 devotional, we’ll answer these questions and find the way back to the life path God has for us.

When we graduate from high school or college, we’re just fresh-faced kids ready to conquer the world. We decide on the path we want our lives to take and start the journey thinking only good things will come our way.

Then, somewhere along our life path, we take an unexpected turn. And the next thing we know, we’ve ended up in no man’s land wondering what the heck happened.

All of those plans we made for ourselves seem so far away and that fresh-faced kid is just a distant memory. We’ve veered off the path of life.

What does Psalm 16:11 mean?

David had one of these “how did my life turn out this way?” moments too.

 

You will show me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                                      Psalm 16:11 NKJV

 

When this psalm was written, David found himself in a precarious situation. His life path had taken an unexpected turn for the worst.

The young kid who started out as a meek shepherd and became a celebrated hero after defeating Goliath was on the run.

David was hiding out in the wilderness because King Saul and his army were looking to kill him. They had just caught up with him and encircled their army around his camp. Death seemed imminent.

You will show me the path of life

Many of David’s psalms talk about the feeling of enemies surrounding him. So, I imagine he must have been scared.

But instead of wondering what to do next, David trusted God to show him the path of life.

Throughout his life, David had experienced both the highs and lows of living a life for God. Because of this, He believed God would take care of him during this critical time. And he knew God’s way was the path of life he wanted to take.

In Your presence there is fullness of joy

Even at his lowest, David could still praise God and experience the joy of being in the Lord’s presence. He understood that joy, real joy comes from knowing God and being with Him every day.

But Psalm 16 is more than just a beautiful lament about David’s own circumstances, he was pointing the way for us to the coming Messiah, the true path of life.

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Walking the Path of Life with Jesus

 

It doesn’t matter what our previous plans were, or the disappointment we felt when they didn’t work out. The path we chose for ourselves when we were young was about this life and what we would become in it.

But God is more concerned with what will become of us in the next life. So, He gave us a path of life to follow.

Jesus is our life path. A path to eternal life. And this scripture is our roadmap to Him…

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

                                            Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV

 

Narrow is the path

You may have noticed Jesus only gave us two choices to take on the path of life.

We’ve reached that critical point in the journey where the road forks off in two different directions. We must turn one way or the other to continue on with the journey. And it’s an important decision worthy of serious consideration.

We can either, turn left and enter through the wide and easy path. This is the worldly path that offers pleasure in this life but ultimately leads to hell and eternal destruction.

Or we can turn right and enter through the narrow and difficult path. This is the spiritual path that leads to eternal life in heaven with Jesus.

Jesus said most people will choose the wide and easy path. These people are just going through life and don’t give their decision much thought. Or they think the choice can be put off for another time.

But tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us, and death may come when you least expect it. By then the choice has already been made and it’s too late. Your path of life has been chosen.

That’s why Jesus urges us to choose the narrow path. He loves us all and He died to save us all. So, He wants every one of us to be the few who find the narrow path.

Yes, the narrow path is a harder, more difficult path to take. And we know Jesus said we will be persecuted for our faith. But our reward is in knowing our Savior and spending eternity with Him.

Most people don’t want to hear this hard truth. Because when they do, they’re forced to choose which path of life they’ll take. And just to be clear, not choosing is a choice in itself, and not a pleasant one.

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I am the way the truth and the life

The decision to follow Jesus is life-changing. And sometimes change is hard. So, if this life-changing decision is hard to make, Jesus put it another way…

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

                                            John 14:6 NIV

 

This is a bold and clear statement. Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only eternal life.

If we want to see God the Father and go to heaven when we die, then Jesus is the One and only way to get there.

We don’t do ourselves or anyone else any favors by saying otherwise.

The path to heaven is narrow

This is our God-given promise, if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, then we will have eternal life with Him in heaven.

For most of us, we made the choice to follow Jesus down the narrow path a long time ago. But sometimes it’s good to look back on where we’ve been and how we got here.

The path behind us reminds us of everything Jesus has done for us and how far we’ve come.

And the path stretched out in front of us leads the way to the Savior and gives us something to look forward to.

The narrow path of life may be long and winding but with Jesus, we will get there.

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Live Life to the Fullness

Like David, we can experience the joy of being in God’s presence when the path of life takes a turn for the worst. And we can see the joy waiting for us up ahead when we’ve reached the end of the journey.

This is the joy we can only find in knowing Jesus. It is a joy that fills us completely and gives us confidence in our faith. It is a fullness of life and a fullness of joy!

So, follow Jesus and live life to the fullness instead of the fullest.

How did my life turn out this way?

Is there something in your life that has brought you to where you are right now? Are you asking yourself “How did my life turn out this way”?

If you’ve veered off the path of life a little bit, it’s okay. The roadmap hasn’t changed, and you can still get back on the narrow path.

Jesus is waiting for you with open arms.

My prayer is for you is that you will remember why you decided to walk with Jesus on the narrow path of life. And you will stay firmly on God’s life path even when the road is rocky. Joy waiting for you up ahead!

If you have not made the decision to take the narrow path, then I pray you will understand the love Jesus has for you and choose to follow Him today.

To find out more about making this crucial decision please read “Accepting Jesus”.

God bless you on your journey through the Path of Life!

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What does James 1:2 mean?

James 1:2 tells us… count it all joy when you face trials.

But that’s much easier said than done in a fiery furnace.

None of us is immune from hardship. And we will all face trials in our lives.

But instead of seeing these hardships as something to be avoided, we can use them as an opportunity to draw closer to God.

Through the various trials this scripture mentions, we learn important lessons on perseverance and patience.  And that the testing of our faith is not to hurt us, but rather to refine us.

At the end of the trial, we will be “perfect” and “complete”, lacking nothing in the Lord.  And that is our reason to count it all joy when you fall into various trials.

Rejoice knowing every trial gives you more endurance for the long race ahead. So, if you feel like your faith is being tested, rejoice and draw near to God. He will get you through it.

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