Joy Becomes Mine The Moment I Pursue God’s Presence.
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)
What can be more satisfying or superbly fulfilling than setting aside time to be alone in God’s presence? Satan knows that if he can keep us from spending time with God, he can eventually starve us of spiritual strength. One of the greatest benefits we receive from the continual pursuit of God’s presence is true joy. This joy is a result of realizing God’s guiding and protecting hand on our lives. The Scripture tells us, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” If Satan can keep us from spending time in God’s presence, joy will cease to exist, and our strength will be vanquished. Furthermore, the times we do not set aside for God become opportune times for Satan to attack. As we broaden our knowledge of the subtle tactics and deceptive schemes of Satan, I believe we will better understand how to combat them. The devil only needs to keep us from God’s presence long enough to diminish our strength so that he can take us to our knees in defeat.
In ancient Israel, it was customary to plant a tree at a child’s joyous birth. At another moment of great joy (his or her wedding), branches from that very tree planted at his or her birth were used to support the marriage canopy. Joy is a wondrous gift from the right hand of God, and we must be serious about pursuing His presence. In His presence is where we belong. His presence is where we grow and where God’s Word comes alive within us. Similar to the branches used to uphold the canopy at the joyous Hebrew wedding ceremony, allow His presence to uphold you. This will cause that same joy to swell within you, empowering you to relentlessly defeat the enemy.
Father, I thank You for showing me the path of life. In Your presence is fullness of joy and at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.