In this Psalm, David’s focus is on all the benefits that come from trusting God as OUR God. Our personal trust in God invites His personal care for our lives.
God’s wondrous benefits include protection (v. 1), security (v.5, 9), provision for daily living (v. 6), divine counsel and Personal instruction (even when we are not aware; v. 7), confidence in the midst of trouble or trial (v. 8), a glad and joyful heart (v. 9), and the assurance of God’s Personal and enduring presence, as well as a hope that extends beyond the grave (v. 10).
All these things are a delight to our souls. In this troublesome life, we need to know that we are not alone – that it is possible to take every breath and every step knowing that God is with us.
David takes the time to extol these virtues of God because He has personally experienced them… and He makes it known that these amazing benefits are available to every person who will turn their heart to trusting God.
But it is David’s last thought that captures our attention most. “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.” (v. 11)
Trusting God is not a one way street. Our trust in Him invites the fullness of His presence and purpose in our lives. In our times of confusion and darkness… God brings the Light of His revelation to our hearts. He “makes known” what we need to know. He wisely leads us in the right path for us to experience the fullness of all this life can bring us.
In spite of what we may have been taught, God is a God who delights in our delight. He takes pleasure in our pleasure. For all those who entrust themselves to Him (and live a life of thanksgiving for all that He gives) He works out all things for good (Rom. 8:28!). This is God’s personal promise to us – guaranteed by His personal work on our behalf. David reminds us that God’s “right Hand” (the symbol of divine authority and power) is always at work for the benefit of those who take delight in Him.
And this fills David (and anyone with David’s kind of trust) with a profound experience of unquenchable joy – which becomes the very source of our daily strength (Neh. 8:10)!
David challenges us all to see God as… pleasurable! The source of the greatest delight we can possible experience here on this earth (with the promise of an even deeper experience beyond this life!). We were made to delight in our Maker.
John Piper made this profound statement:
These words are certainly an echo of what David had in mind.