“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 psalmist knew that the recipe for the good life in this world was not rocket science. He says plainly that everything depends on our God-connection. Because the Lord is always at our side night and day, an ever-present source of strength and comfort in every difficult situation, we can live with confidence and daily joy. And the psalmist is right! A sense of the Divine Presence is of enormous benefit as we trundle our way through the ups and downs of the path of life. Our jobs and families can change–most of the time our personal predictions of the future are laughably off the mark. Circumstances of old age aren’t anything like what we once imagined. But in the resurrected Christ, at every stage, there is always new life and a palpable sense of calm. We know that in God’s hands there will be peace, no matter what new wrinkles in time that we encounter. To live with that kind of equanimity is an enormous gift, and it’s totally related to our faith that the Spirit of God is always at hand. When that faith is second nature to us, we give up our anxieties and worries, and life itself becomes a pleasure. As the psalmist puts it, it’s then that our hearts are glad, our souls rejoice, and our bodies rest secure.
Thought for the Day: What gives me fullness of joy?