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The Wednesday Word: Pleasures for Evermore

You will show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore Psalm 16:11

Psalm 16 is prophetic of Christ and since all believers are ‘in Him,’ it applies to us. When the eternal Word arrived, His path was from the manger to the cross, from the cross to the grave and from the grave to Glory.

As believers we also have a path to follow. Consider the following from our verse.

Thou wilt show me the path of life. What I´m about to say may seem like a broad sweeping statement. That’s because it is.

“Jesus is the path of life.”

That´s why he said ¨Follow Me.¨ …

“ME”

No new Gurus requested or required. Follow Christ.

All life is in Christ. He is the word of life, the well of life (John 4:14), and the tree of life. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. May we see Jesus moment by moment. To know Him is eternal and abundant life. In Him is the favour of the Almighty and in His favour is life.

Jesus alone is the way of life. He is our path of life.

We are entirely dependent on Him. Had Jesus not died there would have been no life. In fact, His death is our life. Because of the cross, we have life in Christ … life through Christ, and life with Christ;

You will show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Presence

Here again, we see Jesus. He is the presence of Yahweh. As He said to Moses, “My presence shall be with you and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33 14-15). We cannot but feel measures of His joy when we are in his presence. That´s why, dear pastor, I urge you to proclaim Jesus to your flock. What a wonderful Saviour. In Him (Jesus) the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9).

Preach the Gospel to the saints. It brings His presence. Pause and consider this scripture, “Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord” (John 20:20).

You will show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Fulness of Joy

Not partial joy; but full, satisfying, unalloyed, unclouded, unmingled with anything that would diminish its fulness or its brightness; joy that will not be diminished, as all earthly joys must be, by the feeling that it must soon come to an end’ (Barnes).

Knowing our salvation brings joy. Therefore, we read, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10).

There is fullness of joy in the Gospel.

You will show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

The Right Hand

Who can be at the right hand but God? The term right hand is not talking about a physical right hand. The right hand represents ultimate authority. Therefore, we read, “The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly (Ps 118:16). The right hand shows Christ’s exaltation, strength and power. It verifies His dominion, might, victory and triumph. He saves with His right hand and His right hand is full of righteousness (Psalm 48:10).

Jesus is the Path of life as our Prophet;

He is the ·Presence of Yahweh as our Priest;

He is the Power of the right hand as our Potentate (our King).

In Him are pleasures forevermore.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: None can Perish There

“Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat

Where Jesus answers prayer;

There humbly fall before His feet,

For none can perish there.”

John Newton

We can all remember a time when we were sinners. Oh yes, I know we are (present tense) sinners (1 Timothy 1;15) but I’m talking about when we knew we were vile and base and living in despair. And do you remember what happened? Jesus interposed and led us to the cross and assured us that,

None can perish there!

Then by the Spirit and the Word we were taught precious truths like the Mercy Seat (Exodus 25:17-22). We learned that it was made of pure gold and thus a picture of Christ (Exodus 37:6). It pointed us again to Jesus the only sinless one who ever lived. Indeed,

None can perish there!

God told Moses He would commune with him from above the Mercy Seat (Exodus 25:22). It is no wonder then that in John 14:6, Jesus, being the Mercy Seat, said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.” It is only in Jesus that we commune with the Father. Christ is our Mercy Seat

None can perish there.

When we are tempted to doubt and fear and think that the Lord is not hearing us. It’s then we see that Christ has entered once into the Holy place (Hebrews 9:12). He entered that sacred place for us and representing us, therefore,

None can perish there.

And as we grow in grace and the knowledge of God we also discover that we are now settled in the Heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 2:6). What a delightfully precious resting place. And

None can perish there.

When we at times feel our insecurity and fear that we will never be admitted to glory, it is then we learn to see His injured hands and feet. As we consider His wounded side and see what our sin has done, and yet know that it was for us he bled and suffered. Then again, we see,

None can perish there.

When we are carrying cares for the future. When we worry about our finances as we grow old. We learn to trust tomorrow to His hands; they are strong hands and mighty.

None can perish there.

During the settling of the American West, a group of pioneers was making their way across one of the central planes. They traveled in covered wagons drawn by oxen, and progress was slow.

One day they were horrified to note a long line of smoke in the west, stretching for miles across the prairie, and soon it was evident that the dried grass was burning fiercely and coming toward them rapidly. They had crossed a river the day before, but it would be impossible to go back to that before the flames would be upon them.

One man only seemed to have understood what should be done. He gave the command to set fire to the grass behind them. Then when a space was burned over, the whole company moved back upon it.

As the flames roared on toward them from the west, a little girl cried out in terror, “Are you sure we shall not all be burned up?” The leader replied, “My child, the flames cannot reach us here, for we are standing where the fire has been!”

What a picture of the believer who is safe in Christ!

None can perish there.

“On Him Almighty vengeance fell,

Which would have sunk a world to hell.

He bore it for a chosen race,

And thus becomes our Hiding Place.”

The fires of God’s judgment burned themselves out on Him, and all who are in Christ are safe forever, for they are now standing where the fire has been.

None can perish there.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

Will we be Happy in Heaven, with our Loved One in Hell?

Can the believing husband in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving wife in Hell? Can the believing father in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving children in Hell? Can the loving wife in Heaven be happy with her unbelieving husband in Hell? I tell you, yea! Such will be their sense of justice that it will increase rather than diminish their bliss.

Jonathan Edwards