God Makes the Heart Glad
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
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 16:9-11
Along the path on which God has placed us, there will be a continual calling away from God’s desires and plans for our lives. The temptations and weaknesses which call us toward sin will always be crouching at our door, longing to call us away from the sweet and joy-giving communion we have with God.
In the face of this constant attempts at distraction, God guarantees a security within His grasp which holds firm against all else. In verse 10 of Psalm 16, we see that God will never abandon us and will never let us see decay. No matter what happens, no matter how many times we might stumble, and no matter how great of a sin we find ourselves in, the God who will never abandon us is greater than all of that. God is more mighty and powerful than any sin which might be present in our lives. God is more determined to preserve His children than the Evil One is to cause us decay.
This is the reason that we rejoice. Because of God’s persistence in holding onto us, our hearts are gladdened. As Verse 9 says, we feel this gladness so deeply and profoundly in our hearts that we cannot help but proclaim this joy of Jesus from our tongues. This joy brings with it a security, a rest, and an assurance of God’s faithfulness toward us.
It is in this assurance that God makes known the path that leads to life, the path that leads to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. As he continues to draw us down this path toward Him, he increases the joy we find in Him, and brings more and more pleasure to our lives through our knowing and loving of Him.
Action Step: Take a notecard and write out the ways in which God has filled your life with joy. This might be ways that He has filled your life with blessings in the form of family, friends, and provision, or it might be ways in which He has given you sweet joy and fulfillment in your union with Him.