Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. – Psalms 16:11
Meditation: What is the path of life? Is it wealth? Is it career? Family? No, it is the truth that leads to joy, peace and righteousness. It is found in the love we have from God and toward God.
One day many years ago, I was sitting beside a pool during a week long church camp watching and listening to the laughter and play of the children splashing and enjoying life. It was a most peaceful and joyful occasion. When I asked a pastor nearby why everyday could not be like that moment, He replied, “Why not?” Simply put, we are most often our own greatest obstacle to joy and peace. If we follow Christ, we can sing hymns in prison and praise Him in suffering.
In its pride and selfishness, human nature is innately bent toward striving and envious contention for what we often think is owed to us. Thankfulness, hope, faith, and self-sacrificng love (and all the other attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit) are often discarded in favor of worldly goals despite the fact that nothing in the world satisfies us. The path of life is not so, and Christians need not be victims of their former nature being saved by grace.
The path of life leads from Jesus to Jesus, from God to God. He is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega. Therefore, we are driven back to God by His Word for answers, fellowship and grace. Only at His right hand are pleasures eternal. There is no other source.
Call To Action: Click on the link to listen to the words of the hymn, I’d Rather Have Jesus. This song like so many hymns teaches us lay aside worldly temptation in favor of a better reward in Christ. I spraying for all of you to follow the Lord today and enjoy the path of life.