Joy comes from being in God’s presence. David’s heart was glad–he had found the secret to joy. True joy is far deeper than happiness; we can feel joy in spite of our deepest troubles. Happiness is temporary because it is based on external circumstances, but joy is lasting because it is based on God’s presence within us. As we contemplate his daily presence, we will find contentment. As we understand the future he has for us, we will experience joy. Don’t base your life on circumstances, but on God. Have a wonderful day as you allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength. In His love and service.
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” Psalm 16:11
Spending time with God gives us the opportunity to experience God’s love permeating through every cell in our bodies. When we sit or walk alone with Him, away from distractions, He ministers to us. Our hearts can, and do, respond in return, with love for Him. If we don’t take time to allow God to minister to us, our Christianity becomes legalistic and shallow. Our ministry becomes a drag, a duty we come to resent.
God desperately wishes for us to know his presence He wishes constantly to be our abiding heavenly Father and to guide us through every aspect of our lives. Just as an earthly father cares and worries for his children, so God wants only the best for us and worries that we may stray from the path he would choose. But, unlike our earthly fathers who sin and err and do not know what is best for us, God knows exactly what circumstance we need to bring us to the “fullness of joy.”
Many times in life we run from God’s presence. In times of distress, we cling to what we think we need and have hope in false idols. We have faith in our comforts and we believe our friends and family to be enough to see us through our dark days.
The truth is that only in God is there hope. Only in God is there faith. Only in God may we believe and have confidence in the promise of everlasting life, eternally in his presence. If we would but accept that “apart from [him we] can do nothing,” we would find the never ending joy that is in God’s presence alone. (John 15:5)