Fullness of Joy - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Fullness of Joy

 

March 27

 

Read Psalm 16:5-11 (ESV)

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 

Reflect

Are God’s blessings available to us only after we die, or do we experience many of God’s blessings in this life as well?

 

So, you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Now what? Do Christians just sit around and wait to die so they can be with Jesus? Of course not! We can enjoy the blessings of a relationship with God right now.

 

David opened this Psalm saying, “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you’” (Psalm 16:1-2). David knew that it was God who kept him safe. He knew that every blessing he was given was from God and God alone. Even though David experienced many trials, he found peace and security in his relationship with his Lord. He knew the Lord had been good to him. He knew he had been blessed and he thanked God for His provision.

 

David also praised God for His counsel and instruction. David didn’t have to wander and stumble his way through life. God was his guide. David knew that if he followed God’s instruction, he could live wisely and avoid many of the heartaches that result from foolish, ungodly living. And when he sinned, Psalm 51 indicates that David knew God would forgive him when he repented. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). He knew he could cry out to God for mercy and that he would receive it.

 

David praised the Lord for the hope of eternal life. He was at peace because he knew God would not abandon him to the grave. But David also experienced a deep, abiding joy in his earthly life as well because he walked closely with the Lord. David communicated with God through prayer, praise, worship, and laments. His life was certainly not always easy and he definitely made some big mistakes. But he enjoyed an intimate relationship with the God of the universe here on earth.

 

Friend, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have a relationship with the living God. You don’t have to wait to enjoy His presence. Yes, being with Him in eternity will far surpass our experience here. But He can be your joy, your hope, your peace, your provider, and your refuge right now. You can communicate with God through prayer. You can grow in your understanding of who He is through His Word and from Him receive wisdom, instruction, and discernment. A relationship with Jesus Christ is so much more than a ticket to heaven. It’s walking on the path of life in the presence of the Lord where there is fullness of joy from here to eternity.

 

Pray

Jesus, if all you offered was forgiveness of sin and the hope of eternal life, that would have been more than I deserved. And yet, in Your great lovingkindness You have blessed me abundantly in my life right now as well. Even when I go through trials and hardships, I know that You are with me. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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I too want to be like King David; I too want to praise You Lord for the hope of eternal life; I too want to experience Your deep abiding love right now and not have to wait until some future day; Lord I want to draw closer to You today than I was yesterday.
I am blessed by God and Jesus, God is a awesome God.
Yes the lines most definitely have fallen for me in pleasant places because I am here with you all and am being taught treasures that can not be had in the world. We still being in the world can share, pray and walk with our Lord, even now as we wait to go to the place He prepares. Thank you Pastor Nat Thank you Lord In Jesus name Amen!
Absolutely!
This is true,. With a humble, obedient heart unto The Holy Spirit will yield a beautiful intimate relationship and you will be amazed to see what He will do through you!
Thank you 🙏🏿 Lord Jesus will return and I thank you for these articles it relates to my spiritual life so well . Amen
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Awesome Bible devotion! This helps me get closer to the Lord during these end times. Praise God! Jesus is coming soon.
Your Word says at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore and as live in your presence, pray continually and read Your Word daily, Lord I pray for Your peace and security, Your provision and Your forgiveness in Christ Jesus.
Amen
I am closer to the Lord than before. Bible study. Back to the Bible. Exercise outside. Very little media. Thanks be to God!
Our walk with Jesus is now and going towards eternity. It will be a grand transition from life on earth now to greater life on the new earth.
Amen! Thank you my Lord Jesus for loving us, You came to save us, this is the only way we can have our relationship with our Heavenly Father, You are our mediator, friend, our Lord and Savior. And thank you Holy Spirit for being with us here on earth, we wouldn't survive living here with out You. Oh Lord, I love you. Praises and Glory belongs to You. Hallelujah! Amen.
Amen Amen Amen 🙏
Amen!
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Thank you, Lord. Amen.
Amen I also pray for my kids and grandchildren and everyone. 🙏🙏🙏
If I did not have Jesus I could not make it this far. He is my stronghold without Him I could not make it. Amen
This is something I been trying to convey to my children that even though we will go through hard times, we have a God we can rely on to comfort us and we can take refuge in. I pray one day they will find Jesus and salvation!!
Thanks Heavenly Father for the gift of salvation 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
Lord thank you for loving me and never leaving me along. Please Lord let me learn to experience your presence moment by moment and not ignore your Holy Spirit guiding me and giving joy to me so I can experience your love. The more I know you love be me the more I desire to glorify your name. Jesus help me to open the eyes and of my heart so I can see and know you more today. Amen
God bless Pst Nat,im blessed this morning