“Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
In what way do you identify with this Psalm? Maybe you don’t at all. Maybe the chaos of the world, the covid virus, or just your own set of problems have left you questioning the path life has taken. Maybe you feel robbed of your joy and even the simplest pleasures.
If you don’t identify, you can. You can have it all. Ask and the heavenly Father will show you the path of life that leads to fullness of joy and pleasures for evermore. If you do identify, you are a vessel to show others the path of living life to its fullest no matter your circumstances.
So, why have I chosen the Psalms I chose this past week and today for our walk with Jesus? They show Jesus as more than the fulfillment of prophecy. They reveal him as,
“the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6.
Jesus is the way to the Father, the truth of God revealed in flesh, and the life giving Savior.
“In him was life;
and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness comprehended it not.”
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
1 John 5:11,12.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.”
John 1:4,5- “In him was life”, implies apart from Him there is no life and life is the light that overcomes the darkness. The light of life found only in Christ, has overcome the darkness of death.
1 John 5:11,12-God has given us eternal life found only in His Son. Those who have Jesus have life. Those who do not, don’t.
John 8:12-Jesus promises those who follow His light-giving life have eternal life and will not walk in death.
Herein lies the problem and the solution. Multitudes walk through this existence in death, walking in fleeting moments of joy and pleasure, without understanding, without the knowledge their hope of life has been stolen by the enemy.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…”
The solution: Simply stated follow Jesus. He is the life. Yes, upon receiving His sacrifice for our sin, believing He is the Son of God who died, was buried, and rose again, we receive at that moment eternal life. It will be fully consummated when He returns for us. Until then, we live life to the fullest as He says,
“I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.”
David echoes this truth with a fountain in Psalm 36:7-10.
“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house;
and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
For with thee is the fountain of life:
in thy light shall we see light.
O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee;
and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.”
How can you have joy in a dark world?
- Know God’s lovingkindness toward you. He offers mercy and life.
- Put your trust in Him. He protects through the fiercest storms.
- Know the Lord abundantly satisfies with His abundant love those of His household.
- He refreshes the thirsty with His pleasures. Drink from His fountain.
- Light not darkness is your companion.
- Pray to continue receiving His mercy; to know Him and His righteousness. He gives it all to those whose heart trusts in Him.
*With that we finish our walk together with Jesus through the Psalms. But you don’t have to stop here. Go further with Him. See how many Psalms you see Jesus in. I’ve listed some below to get you started.
I’ll leave this quote for you to consider:
“Without the way there is no going;
without the truth there is no knowing;
without the life there is no living.
I am the way which thou must follow;
the truth in which thou must believe;
the life for which thou must hope.”**
*Numerous scriptures in Psalms(22 are listed in my bible) point to Jesus clearer than the ones shared in my posts last week and today. Such as, 5 in Psalm 22, 2 in chapters 35, 69, 110, and 118. If you would like all the references leave your request in comments and I will include them for you.
**(a’Kempis, cited by Bruce; Source: Blue Letter Bible; David Guzik, Study Guide for John 14.)