April 15, 2020
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
The Psalmist was secure and content in his relationship with the Lord. As he moved along life’s pathway, the things he saw and experienced sparked joy in his soul, and he knew that as the journey continued, those daily pleasures would abound. Some among us, even in the presence of the pandemic, know what that faith is like. They too love their daily walk in the Lord. It’s not that ugly things don’t happen in their lives, it’s not that they’re not well acquainted with suffering and grief–those visitors are present in every life. But even when darkness comes close, those who walk with Jesus see light; they’re not overwhelmed by adversity. Indeed, the nearness of the Lord is what gives them the strength and the desire to continue loving in every circumstance. What a blessing it is to have such people within our circle of friends! When we’re down or discouraged they will lift our spirits with their contagious tenderness and ready smiles. And it’s not that they are Pollyannas about life; they don’t exude a syrupy goodness that discounts pain or sadness. But, in them we see quiet confidence that all is well, and life is worth living. As we listen to their words we hear affirmation and kindness, and it isn’t long before we discover that our own joy has been restored.
Thought for the Day: Some signs that people are walking in the way of the Lord.