You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11 NKJV)
I have a question for you ladies. If you are down about being single, do you think you are experiencing this verse?
Let me remind you, King David was the one who wrote this Psalm (before he was King). Here’s what one teacher said was going on right before David penned this psalm:
1This Psalm finds David running from Saul. He comes to the mountain of Maon. He is on one side of the mountain. He finds that Saul is on the other side. Bear in mind that Saul is attempting to kill David. Soon Saul’s forces encircled David until he thought that death was inevitable. Just when it appeared that escape was impossible a messenger came and shouted to Saul, “Philistines have invaded the land.” This diverted Saul’s attention and David was spared once again. During this time of tension David penned the words of Psalm 16.
Not only was an evil and crazed king (Saul) hunting David’s life, he was living/hiding in caves, eating who knows what, AND he was single (and you think you got it bad). Yet despite all of the horrific trials he was going through, he managed to say that in God’s presence there’s fullness of joy, and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore.
What pleasures could David possibly have had in the wilderness? Stinky, hungry, tired, scared, surrounded by a group of violent men who probably smelled just as bad—if not worse.
See, what David had wasn’t earthly pleasures. He’s talking about the spiritual, the heavenly pleasures that come from Christ alone.
He knew this spiritual truth:
God’s presence brings fullness of joy.
When he speaks about the presence of God, He’s not referring to the omnipresence of God being everywhere at all times. He’s describing that personal, intimate closeness where God reveals His presence only to those who are fully His. It is here that there is fullness of joy.
Some of you sisters are not joyful because you simply are not basking in the presence of our Lord. I can tell you, having a husband isn’t what gives you fullness of joy. Waking up to God and purposefully getting alone with Him, singing songs of worship and praise to His name and praying to Him is where complete and abundant joy resides.
Joy isn’t an earthly thing. It’s a heavenly thing. Happiness is the earthly, worldly, imitation of joy. That’s why it doesn’t last. You can have it for five minutes and then BAM! something bad happens and it’s gone.
But joy is eternal. It isn’t fleeting. As long as we abide in Christ, we will always have it—no matter what our circumstances look like.
So if you’re down, or just know you’re missing that continual joy, I encourage you to do what David did in this psalm. A psalm is a song. He immediately began to praise God in the midst of his trial. He lifted up His voice to God and acknowledged His need for Him,
“Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.” (Psalms 16:1-2)
And God began to speak through Him:
As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” (Psalms 16:3)
David renounces evil and declares he will have no part in the evil deeds of others:
“Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, Nor take up their names on my lips.” (Psalms 16:4)
And then he begins to proclaim who God is to him; he lavishes the Lord with words of love and gratitude:
“O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”(Psalms 16:5-8)
If you notice, David continues getting revelation just by being in God’s presence (the Word says that God inhabits the praises of His people, so praise ushers in His presence; those whom He hears praising Him, He will particularly draw near to). David says: He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
This very thing happens to me often while in praise and worship to God. I’ll start speaking things out loud about God and the victory I have in Him and how He’s with me, and just beautiful truths that He reminds me of and reveals to me through His presence in my midst. Sisters, imagine if you do this everyday? I strongly believe part of—if not the main reason—why I’m still in love with Christ, serving and growing in Him is because every morning I get into His Word and then into His presence.
So make time for God. Get alone with Him and praise and thank Him. I promise you will soon be filled with joy and no longer hurting over your singleness.