Tues, Jul 14, 2020
Path of Life
Good morning, Anthem!
I started writing one devotional today… and then the new update from the governor was released and I started to think about whether I needed to write something different. Here’s the passage that I was going to build the devotional off of, it seems like it is as appropriate (if not more) than before the updates came out.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
Did you find yourself discouraged to hear about another round of things being shut down? Did you even find yourself angry? Our emotional framework is being tested and it can be hard to know how to “be” in this moment in time.
So, if this is true:
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. —Psalm 121:1-2
Then we need to lift our eyes to God in heaven at this exact moment. He is where we will find our joy, peace and righteous way forward.
So, let’s dig into that for the morning.
Exercise #1: The path of life
God makes known to us the path of life. Take a moment to write out God’s path in your context. What does righteousness look like in your work, your family, your neighborhood, your friendships, etc.
David goes on to talk about the presence of God. In your presence there is fullness of joy.
How’s your joy right now? Are you finding yourself grateful, joyful, content, satisfied? These are some of the most elusive words in the human experience right now. Yet David makes it clear that joy is experienced in its fullness in the presence of God.
The presence of God is not a mystery, through the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s presence goes with us everywhere all the time. That means that the fullness of joy is available to us everywhere all the time.
Exercise #2: The fullness of joy
Take a moment to meditate on the Spirit of God being with you, in you. Immanuel, God with you… Ask God to fill you with joy, contentment, gratitude and satisfaction. Now, write down whatever you hear from the Lord… what is he saying to you?
Finally, David says that at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. There is reward for walking in the way of God. When we live a life at his “right hand”, meaning, under his authority, we experience his blessing.
David is trying to make sure that we know that walking in the way of God is the most abundant, rewarding life possible.
Exercise #3: Pleasures forevermore
In the first exercise you wrote out the path of life. You wrote down what God’s path looks like in the life that you are living. Is that the life that you’ve been living? If so, what have you found to be the benefits of living under God’s “right hand”? Take some time to journal through the benefits of living God’s way.
David did not live an easy life and at times you find the Psalms as a disciplined effort to find God’s presence in the midst of difficulty. Part of our life as followers of Jesus is finding him in the midst of our discouragement, frustration, etc.
We are praying for you and trusting that God will meet you again and again and again as the days go on. He is with us and He is for us!
Matt and Kristen