Joy to the Fullest
“You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
You will not abandon my soul to Sheol
In his first sermon, on the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted this verse saying it speaks prophetically of Christ’s resurrection. Christ, the Holy One of God, was not abandoned to hell nor did He see corruption. He rose again!
Now, since Christ rose again, we know for certain that we who believe in Him will also rise again.
- Romans 6:5 “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:21 “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
- John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.'”
- John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
In your presence there is fullness of joy
The joy we so desperately seek after will never be found on this earth. Yes, we can be joyful in part, we can be happy and content to an extent; but true, full, complete joy will only be found in God’s presence.
- Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”
- Galations 5:5 “For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.”
- Romans 8:23-25 “We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 “For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened–not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
In this life we will always groan. We are homesick. We want to be where God is. In His presence there is fullness of joy.
It shouldn’t be necessary to say, but just as a reminder: eternity is forever.
No more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears forever. Not just the numb absence of pain, but pleasure forever. Always joyful, always happy, always content, always in God’s presence.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 “For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”