November 14, 2018                                                                                                                               

To read full passage, click: 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 wasn’t in the habit of giving one day a week to the Lord and then using the others as he desired. His relationship was intimate. The name of the Lord was constantly on his lips, and he hourly offered praise and thanks to God for all the blessings of his life. He relied on the Lord for direction and believed that, in the Lord, he would experience joy and pleasure. We know people like that. We see them in our faith communities. It’s not just that they show up for worship on the weekend–their faith is deeper than that and touches every aspect of their being. They wake in the morning with prayers of thanksgiving on their lips and carry that joy with them through the day. To be in their presence is to experience unconditional love. Their deepest desire is to faithfully serve and to walk in the way of Jesus. It’s an amazing way to live and one that is available to all. What’s strange is that so few are willing to try it! Most of us resist such intimacy with God and prefer making our own choices and decisions while keeping God in a backup role and then wondering why our joy is so fleeting. What a blessing it is when we learn to make the Lord our personal GPS—it’s a decision we’ll never regret!

Thought for the Day: Why do I sometimes wake up grumpy?