Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 16:11
“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” – Psalm 16:11
This is a very encouraging verse. David here is speaking to the Lord and thanking Him for the goodness of the life to come. First he is saying that God has shown to Him the path of life. What he is referring to is that even though he may die in this life, God will not keep him in this state. He would be brought back to the living world, that which is life everlasting. David believed in the resurrection from the dead. He believed that God had for Him a life that will no end. “He asked life of You, you gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever.” Psalm 21:4. We see this same idea from Daniel. “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:2-3. The idea of everlasting life for the righteous is found in various places in the Old Testament, and David took comfort in this truth. Note, Daniel was after the time of David, however, it shows this truth carried forward to his time.) Regardless of this, David rejoiced in knowing he would be resurrected when the end came.
He then says that in the presence of God is fullness of joy. This is not a partial nor imperfect joy, intermingled with pain and sorrow. This is a joy that completely satisfies the soul not in conjunction with anything that may minimize it. This is not a joy as we experience here, but an unimaginable joy that will never lessen, nor will it end. It will not be diminished by the idea we have in this life that all earthly joy must come to an end. It will be a joy that will be understood as everlasting. This is the joy we will experience in the next life. “So, the ransomed of the LORD will return and come with joyful shouting to Zion, And everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 51:11.
And lastly, David says that in His right hand are pleasures forever. God’s right hand is the place of honor, where the saints will be throughout eternity. It denotes that he would be raised up to exalted position; one filled with eternal happiness and exalted honor. And this happiness will be forever. This is not happiness as we find here in this life that comes and goes. We will reside forever in happiness, for there will be nothing that can take it away.
This is the life we look forward to as Christians. First, we will be raised from the dead to a life that is infinitely different from this one, and God will guide us into this new life, we will be in His presence forever where our joy will be full and never ending, and there will be great pleasure because of our exalted position in Christ. And this will never end. What more could we ask for, and what could ever be better than this promise from Him.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.