God’s Joy in Your Presence

“You make 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

I have found that my relationship with God, just like any love-based relationship, has two essential components…

  1. Being delighted in God’s presence
  2. Letting God delight in my presence

This may sound blasphemous or prideful at first glance. What I mean, and what I believe the Biblical narrative reveals to us, is that God is a Father who delights in his children (Zephaniah 3:17). Not that we deserve this affection based on our behavior but that God’s very nature is love and He is a Father who runs to us. When we walk into the room, God’s face lights up with joy! Daily, I aim to practicing a few moments of imagining this kind of Divine interaction. And I believe it helps me trust more fully in God’s loving nature, healing wounds of fear and shame, preparing me to faithfully walk His paths of purpose.

I invite you to do the same.




2 thoughts on “God’s Joy in Your Presence

  1. You are right on! And more, it is a sign of spiritual healing & maturity to know the delight of the Lord – both for Him, and by Him. Psalm 16:11 was a passage I meditated on when I had cancer (25 years ago now), and it played a special role in preparing me either to meet Abba in death, or to get through cancer in life. Meanwhile the Zephaniah passage looms large in our ongoing journey. I hadn’t realized it, but I had referred to it twice over the course of last year (https://rhfoerger.wordpress.com/?s=zephaniah).
    And then there’s this week: I have been meditating on Ps 37:4 – another passage that invites us to delight in Him. Thanks for the invitation!


    • Rusty, thank you for sharing your wisdom. It seems God is doing a similar healing in both of our hearts šŸ™‚
      I have loved the Zephaniah passage for many years…so much so that we named our youngest son Zephaniah. It is great to connect with you on this. I believe it is the starting point of a deeper healing when we learn to accept God’s affection. How else can His perfect love drive out our fears?


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