Psalm 16:11 says: You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Fullness means completeness; extensiveness; or richness. Pleasures means delights; gratifications; choices; blisses; or options.
I believe that we understand that path of life refers to salvation as provided to us in Jesus Christ.1 Jesus certainly is the pathway to salvation. The Word tells us that time spent in the presence of the Lord produces a deep, rich experience of joy. What a blessing to see from this verse that there are many benefits that we receive from God’s presence.
The verse above says that there are pleasures forevermore at the Lord’s right hand. That sounds really good to me! You would like to experience pleasures forevermore, too, right? I believe that when we’re aware of God’s presence with us continuously, and are able to praise Him at all times, we tap into the blessings promised to us here.
At the right hand of Jesus is honor! Do you know that because we are His sheep that we are already in position AT His right hand? According to Matthew 25:33-34: And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world . . .
According to Matthew, the sheep spoken of in the verse above receive the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world. Each one of us is represented in that group of sheep referred to in this passage, so there is a kingdom prepared and awaiting us.
If that were not enough, we also receive pleasures forevermore in the here and now. While we are on earth, we receive the blessings of our relationship with Jesus through the great and precious promises given to us in the Word. Jesus has given us His answer to every Bible promise; the answer is: “Yes.”2
Do you need protection? He says, “Yes” in Psalm 91:9-12 as well as other Scriptures. Do you need health? We know that Jesus took care of that because Isaiah 53:5 states: . . . by His stripes we are healed. Do you need an escape from death? See God’s answer in Psalm 68:20: Our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
Do you need:
- Financial blessings? The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. (Pro 10:22)
- Help in trouble? (See Ps 46:1)
- Sleep? (Read Ps 3:5; 4:8)
Do you need something that the Bible doesn’t address specifically? Then check out these Bible passages: Ps 68:19; Mt 19:26; 21:22; Mk 9:23. God is so good and loving that He wants to give us our hearts’ desires!3
Understand that whatever belongs to God belongs to Jesus; and whatever belongs to Jesus, He shares with each and every one of us. These blessings belong to us. Use the gift of faith that God has given to every believer and receive the blessings of spending time in His presence. Praise the Lord!
- John 5:21b; 11:25
- 2 Co 1:20
- Ps 37:4; 84:11; Mt 7:7