You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. - Psalm 16:11

From what I know about Psalms, this book is all over the place. One chapter David is question and doubting God and the next he is praising Him for following through on His promise (that he was doubting Him about). It's like a little roller coaster and it drives me a little crazy, but I think it drives me crazy because I think a lot like David. I doubt, question, and wonder where God is one second, and the next, I'm praising and worshiping God for His faithfulness.

In this particular verse, David seems to be in a really trusting and hopeful place with the Lord. Which, for me, is encouraging. The simple reminder of "In Your presence, there is FULLNESS of joy" brings me back to who God is and what being in a relationship with Him is like.

It doesn't say 'there is some joy' or 'there will be joy in the future' it says 'in Your presence there is fullness of joy'--that means right here right now, we have access to full joy in the Lord presence. In short, Jesus and joy are a package deal. You cannot have one without the other.

So, seek after to stay in the Lord's presence, to stay near to Him--that is the only way to have joy. And remember the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is circumstantial, one is based off what is happening around you and what has happened in the past. Joy is none of those things. It is eternal and is constant. It will never leave you based on your surroundings because as long as you have Jesus, you have the joy of the Lord!

God, help me to seek out to stay in Your presence and help open my eyes and ears to Your full joy. Thank You for Your joy and that it will never leave my side and that it is there to help me when I need it. Thank You for who You are and the promises You have made to me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

- Alex Raines