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Pleasures Forevermore

 Psalm 16:11 -   

   You make known to me the path of life;    

   in your presence there is fullness of joy;    

   at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 

Every week, I find myself thinking about the state of our world in the light of this pandemic and every week as I sit down to write, it is those thoughts that come out and pave the way for the devotions I share. This week, I confess, I am tired of thinking about it all. I feel mentally worn down. I know exactly what has taken place and where this feeling comes from, I am no stranger to this and I am sure you can relate. It can happen often, our minds become overwhelmed with numerous different thoughts. Thoughts that busy our minds for a period of time and wear us down. When this happens, we become tired and worn out, understandably so, we are away from our place of rest, we are away from Jesus Christ. 

I want to encourage you to be aware of this feeling and when you notice it, to take comfort. God, by his grace, has saved us and made us new. We, now opposed to the world, are like two opposite facing magnets and although the edges may touch from time to time, we cannot be joined together. It is the same for us believers, we can no longer be joined to anything we are so opposed to. When we find our minds controlled by certain thoughts or limited by the multitude, we will eventually reach a point to where we begin to notice an uncomfortableness that begins to well up in us, maybe it’s only faint at first, an unidentified longing we have for something we can’t put our finger on. What we have noticed at this point is the grace of God. Our minds have strayed like sheep and we hear the great shepherd’s voice. Rejoice that you are his sheep. Rejoice because this is assurance. 

What we all need right now is Christ. Look at this morning’s passage. 

Psalm 16:11 -   

    You make known to me the path of life;    

    in your presence there is fullness of joy;    

    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 

Now please, read it again and again. Think about it, meditate on it. There is so much in this verse to behold that my only comments are this: we already know that Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Therefore, it is Christ that is pleasures forevermore. It is Christ that is in the presence of God right now. It is Christ that is the fullness of joy. It is Christ that is the path of life God has made known. It is Christ! It is Christ! It is all Christ! 

Brothers and sisters, whether we are mentally stable or weak, physically hurting or well, young or old, at home or away, what we need today and every day is Christ. We need Jesus Christ. 

Prayer: Father in heaven, thank you for your word and the assurance it brings us, please draw us now closer to your right hand and closer to the fullness of joy, alongside the pleasures evermore, alongside Jesus Christ. We know what we ask of you now is aligned with your will and we boldly ask that you would make it so. Please, give us more of Christ today and every day. 

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