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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fullness of Joy

You will show me the path of life. In Your presence is fullness of joy. At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
—Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)

Lord, my path lies before me. You are always with me. Your peace becomes as natural as breathing as I grow to understand the truth of what your love has given me. When you died for me, you gave me all of you, and you took all of me. Ripping all of my sin, my pain, my fears from me, you gave me your life. Where I was once guilty, I became innocent with your righteousness. My old sinful nature was gone, and I was new in you. At the cross, you poured into me every spiritual supply I would need to carry me safely and abundantly through this life into the next. 

Abundant life is in your presence, Jesus! I have a fullness of joy no matter what life brings. When I accepted you into my heart by faith, you opened up the resources of heaven to me. For many years, I didn’t understand what that meant. I had to allow you to renew my mind—to change the way I think about you. I don’t have to live in fear that I can never be good enough. I don’t have to struggle anymore seeking just one thing to make you love me. You accept me. You guide me. You gently discipline me with your love. Your grace has set me free. 

Jesus, I am humbled and amazed. Peace is your constant gift. I have contentment without an agenda. Joy spills over into the hard days of life. The enemy tries to lie, but his voice fades away. Thank you, Lord, for your sacrifice which saved me from myself and imparted everything I need to stand strong in this life. Filled with joy, I am free in your grace.

I have no debt! I run into your arms without hesitation. You said “no more” to my sin­—to my pain–to my fear. You said it is finished. I have abundant life with you now, and the promise of abundant life with you in heaven. What an honor to know that you sit at your father’s right hand praying for me as I live out my days on this earth—waiting, just as I am, in anticipation for the day I will be home.

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

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