THE PATH OF LIFE
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” Psalm 16:11.
The path of life is to be traveled with the Prince of life for it is in His Presence that we find the only route to lasting pleasures. The life of this path is designed for a joy-filled presence, containing encouraging prospects.
AN ENLIGHTENED PATH
“Thou wilt shew:” by divine illumination our path grows brighter day by day. “…the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” – Prov. 4:18. As we take His Word for our light and walk in the light of that Word, we are progressing on this living path. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Order my steps in thy word…” – Ps. 119:105,133. Oh, what a great road map the Word of God is. We will thank Him forever for revealing the Only Way to our hearts. We progress on this road by faith for it is generally revealed one step at a time.
It is not God’s fault that comparatively few find and follow unto its ultimate heights. There are many ideas and attempts to discover the meaning of life and the fountain of youth. Reason says, ‘This must be the way.” But if the path of life is to be seen, He must show it to us. When we get our eyes off Him, we surely miss the intended goal. The many side trips, tangents and detours that we seem prone to get on are not in the direction of life.
We, by faith, follow Him Who was led as a sheep to the slaughter. From death into life everlasting He passed and we follow Him there. “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” it’s still on the path of life that I pass through. Even as we today still remember His death, our communion is still a fellowship of life. As we break the bread representing His broken body, we are feasting also on Him as the Bread of Life.
AN ENJOYABLE PRESENCE
THE PATH OF LIFE is just that because of THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD. Death has no staying power in His presence. Thank God, He didn’t ask us to go this way alone. “Thou art with me.” Go with God for a joy-filled journey. The light we have in His fellowship is sweetly soothing. Joy is indeed a heavenly, divine trait. It is also a fruit of the Spirit. Joy is a characteristic produced in one who lives in close communion with the Lord. Oh, what grace, that we should be able to enjoy divine Presence! The law could never accomplish such. “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God” – Heb. 7:19. When God invited us to come boldly to the throne of grace, He intended that we make ourselves at home there, to be comfortable and accepted in the Beloved.
The path of life, the presence of the Lord, make for pleasures that are lasting. “At Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” Hallelujah! Praise God for this blessed, precious living hope! What wonderful, encouraging prospects. “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Such assurances as these spur us on in seeking His good pleasure. Walking daily in a continuous awareness of His Presence has such a powerful and stabilizing effect on our lives.