“In Thy Presence is Fullness of Joy!”

Psalm 16

Think of the billions of dollars Americans spend on fun items. Stop and think about some: Back in the 1970s we spent over 150 Billion Dollars; by 1975 it reached 275 billion; and by 1980 almost 500 billion; now the figures are in the Trillions. And still people are not happy.

One of the top rock stars years ago said, “I am lonely as h—.”

Someone said, “If we go out in a quest of joy, it will elude us. If we go out to impart joy, we will find it.”

Someone else said, “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to Christ; but ends with such confidence of a resurrection, and must be applied to Christ, and to Him only.

“In Thy presence is fullness of joy!”

The Hebrew word that is used for fullness is “soba” and means:


1 John 1:4, “These things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”

“That your joy may be full.” This is almost the same language that Jesus used when talking to his disciples as He was about to leave them in John 15:11; and there can be little doubt that John had this statement in mind when he made this remark.


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