Psalm 16:11 (NIV)
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 (MSG)
Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way.
“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” -AMPLIFIED
David, we are told, was a man after God’s own heart; yet we find that his life was not perfect and he definitely sinned, having committed murder and adultery. We can understand this title he held a little more if we take the time to understand the heart and mind of the man.
1. David had an absolute love for God and His Law.
2.) David took time to be in the presence of God.
3.) David was truly repentant of his sin.
4.) David knew who to turn to in every situation.
David realized something integral to the Christian’s walk that only true lasting joy can be found in the presence of the Lord. “In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”
David understood the meaning of staying close to God, “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” -Psalm 16:5-8 (NIV)
We find that David demonstrated his faith and trust in God on a daily basis; from the very time that we are introduced to him in Scripture until the time that he dies. Faced often with seemingly insurmountable circumstances (a giant, an angry king, a rebellious son); still he sought the Lord. When caught in sin; he quickly repented and turned from it. David was able to praise God in every instance.
Oswald Chambers wrote: “It is not God’s promises we need, it is [God] Himself.” David was a man after God’s own heart because he was focused on the presence of God more than anything else; God was his focal point. David spoke these words and lived by them, “I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” -Psalm 16:2 (NIV)
Do we desire to be a man or woman after God’s own heart? Then God must be our very heartbeat. We must hunger and thirst after Him as if we were in a dry and parched land, without water. (Ps. 63:1-2) We must allow God to be our focal point and be completely in love with His Word. (Ps. 119) We must turn to God in every situation and we must be repentant of our sin. (Ps. 51)
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” -Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
Father, I desire to know you more; I desire to know that fullness of joy that is found only in your presence. I want to be one who is after your very heart, dear God. I do hunger and thirst after you; seeking you earnestly. As I sit at your feet; teach me more of who you are and instruct me in the ways of your heart. Make me more like Jesus I pray.