June 26

Psalm 16:7-11

“You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” vs. 11

The Lord was not a stranger to the psalmist…they had a connection that had begun with the breath of the Spirit in creation and that had continued throughout his life. Not a day passed without a prayer of thanksgiving and songs of praise. Many of us have come to know that Divine Presence as the Christ and use the psalmist’s language to express the joy we feel in the intimacy of that relationship. By looking to the Christ and making Jesus our guide we discover the path of life and learn how to navigate the treacherous twists and turns of daily existence. In the shelter of that guiding presence we experience the fullness of joy and the amazing contentment that faith can bring. Of course there will be challenges…we only need a brief look at the life of Jesus to know that a cross-centered life will bring suffering and pain. Those who follow in his steps can expect the same…it’s what happens when love captures us and we begin to live for others. But the benefits are enormous…the psalmist reports that in the Lord (who is the Christ) there will be pleasures forevermore. As another psalmist wrote, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.” 

Thought for the Day: What pleasures has the Christ-life brought me? 

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