Daily Devotions: April 19, 2017

Psalm 16:7-11

“You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” vs. 11

Sometimes we forget that we can get a powerful dose of gospel from the Old Testament, and today’s passage is a perfect example. What the psalmist describes here is nothing less than the resurrected life that we have in Christ Jesus. During the Easter season, we are regularly reminded that Jesus is alive and that we are accompanied and guided by his Spirit along the path of life. The psalmist knew that feeling and reports that there is fullness of joy on that never-ending adventure. We don’t know exactly where the Spirit will take us…as the gospel writer John reports, the Spirit blows where it wills…but we do know that life in Christ will be exciting and purposeful. There will be a mission and our days will have value, not only to ourselves, but to others. And even more than that, there will be pleasure, something that Christians have too often been taught to avoid. How sad it is that the good news has been so terribly distorted that believers think it’s a sin to experience joy and pleasure in this life! We’ve spent so much time talking about the suffering that goes with discipleship that some of us have missed out on the good stuff. There’s laughter and joy aplenty as we take pleasure in our new resurrected lives. This is life as it’s intended to be lived…and behold, it is very good!

Thought for the Day: What gives me pleasure?

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