“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 NKJV).
Julie Ackerman Link, Our Daily Bread, 9-20-10, entitled “Dogged Devotion,” wrote:
Maggie doesn’t care much for television. She would rather look out the window than stare at a small screen. Reading doesn’t thrill her either. She has been known to “chew” on books, but only in the strictly literal sense. Nevertheless, when Jay and I read or watch TV, Maggie participates. Even though she doesn’t enjoy what we’re doing, she enjoys being with us. Maggie is our beloved dog. More than anything (well, just about anything) Maggie wants to be with us.
The word dogged means “determined and persistent.” These words describe Maggie. They should also describe us. When we are devoted to God, we want to be with Him even when He’s doing something that makes no sense to us. We ask, “Why, Lord?” when He seems angry (Ps. 88:14) or when He seems to be napping (44:23), or when the wicked prosper (Jer. 12:1). But when we remain devoted to God despite our questions, we find fullness of joy in His presence (Ps. 16:11).
In the Old Testament, Ruth clung to Naomi and vowed that her people would be her people and Israel’s God her God (Ruth 1:14-16). Her decision to remain with Naomi should also be our choice to remain in Christ—to cling to Him—to be crucified with Him in His death (Galatians 2:20).
David had found the secret of joy—his heart was glad. “I am blessed forever. He makes me glad with joy in His presence” (Psalm 21:6). When we remain “doggedly” devoted to Jesus, we will find joy by abiding, or remaining, in His love. In His presence is fullness of joy.
We can be joyful in His presence, secure and content in His love, delighted by His surprises, awed by His greatness.
Someone has said, “Joy is the result of discovering the person, power, and plan of God in our multitude of circumstances.” Oh, that His presence may make us a fruitful tree of joy and holiness!
Even the grave cannot rob us of life and the eternal joy of His presence!
To be in His presence! A glorious thought
So awesome I cannot conceive;
I’ll bow down and worship the Lord on His throne
And add to the praise He’ll receive. –Sper