You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand (Psalm 16:11 NIV).
If there is one thing that God makes known to one who becomes His child, it is this: He makes known the path of life. For the way of life in this world only leads to its natural and destined end–death! But when you become God’s child, there is a changeover from the way of death to the way of life. And death no longer has mastery over God’s child; for the life given by God is one that overcomes death and lives on.
One of the definite manifestations that accompany this great change from death to life is joy! In spite of all that changes not even when we change from death to life, we experience joy. Our circumstances may not change. People’s attitude to us may not change. Yet in the midst of these, there is joy. This is the experience of every Christian because God’s presence resounds and resonates with JOY. God fills His child with the same joy that is in His presence.
One thing that is common with the life that God gives and the joy that God gives is that both are eternal. In contrast to this, our life in this world is something that comes to an end. Our happiness in this world also comes to an end as we die. Yet when the life of God is in us we live on. Thus the life that God imparts to us when we become His child causes us to live forever. Similarly, beyond death, there is a swelling increase of pleasures for the believer. For he is led to the very presence of God; from whose right hand springs forth eternal pleasures. Oh, we have a God filling us with life and joy!