Ps 16:11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasure of living with you forever.
There is a theme flowing throughout Psalms 16 that shows the joy and benefits of living with God, not only now but for eternity. When David penned this text, he was contemplating life, now and life after his death. After so many horrible experiences and bad days, he was finally focused on the pleasure of daily living with God. During this time of peace, all he wanted was to live the life God promised him.
Sometimes we experience days of depression and self-incrimination. We are tense, stressed and uptight. It can be difficult to meet new people, start anything new and even make decisions. However, we need to relish days when we have self-assurance and confidence in God’s way. In the presence of God, we become more confident of his plan in our life and the more time we spend in his presence, the more confident we become. The glorious pleasure of what awaits us in heaven starts with knowledge in the promises of God.
David had this knowledge, which is why this Psalm is considered Messianic. Through God, he saw a future with a savior that cleanses humankind with his blood and forgives all our sins. He saw hope, for a better tomorrow, and the pleasure of being with the Lord forever. Paul quoted David when speaking of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:25-28, 31) How can we not be excited living with Jesus forever?