You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Ps. 16:11)
Continuing to talk and think about death and dying, Paul tells us that to be away from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8). However, to be with the Lord is not just to be in a better place or to just be in a happy place. Scripture tells us in Psalm 16:11 that “in your presence [God] there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. Who would not want that? Once believers enter into the full presence and glory of God, they experience fullness of joy. They are bursting with joy, overwhelmed with joy and gladness and happiness. Being in the presence of Christ in heaven will be like being on a natural-feel-good-high forever! It will never end. It’s a natural spiritual high believers will never come down from. And as though that’s not enough, we are then told that we will experience “pleasures forevermore.” Now to be sure, Psalm 16 is not just talking about heaven but about the here and now. This is what Christians should experience here in this life, but often we don’t because of sin. Sin deadens our senses and does not enable us to fully experience God as we were meant to, as we were created to. But in heaven where there is no sin, we will experience “pleasures forevermore.” Think of the most pleasurable thing or activity you have ever experienced then multiply that by a thousand and then imagine that pleasure never ending--that is heaven! That is what believers have to look forward to the moment we transition from this life into the next. And it will never end. “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing His praise than when we first begun.”
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