Recently, after studying on being established in Righteousness, a phrase from a song was playing in my spirit – "At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Ps 16:11) We talk about the "In His presence is the fullness of joy" part of that scripture, but not much is said about at His right hand!
God said, "At thy right hand there are pleasures forever more!" Obviously being the peculiar people that we are, we don't take pleasure in the same things that the world does:
…choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life. Luke 8:14
… lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. 2 Tim 3:4
… than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Heb 11:25
We certainly don't take pleasure in sin, or make the pleasures of this life an idol, but we take pleasure in the things of God, learning more about God, praying with other believers, fellowshipping with your church family, seeing some one get saved, having good clean fun, just to name a few. Concerning "clean" pleasures of this world, I am learning that it is a matter of priority. For example, I like to fish and there is nothing wrong with fishing, but if I start fishing while I am supposed to be preaching then I have made fishing my idol. There is a lot of good clean fun out there that we can enjoy, but there are some things and places that we should just steer clear of as a Christian!
Notice how our verse reads in the New Century version:
You will teach me how to live a holy life. Being with you will fill me with joy; at your right hand I will find pleasure forever. A prayer of David
God will teach us how to live a holy life and be filled with joy just hanging out with Daddy God! Some people don't want to be a Christian because they think we don't know how to have a good time. Well, they just haven't ever been to the right hand of God. The Psalmist said, "At your right hand, I will find pleasure forever!"
When I finally got out on my own and old enough to drink (legally), the devil always told me that 'they' were having all the fun in that ole smoke filled bar; you know, where they have all the good "food and spirits." One day, the ladies are going to figure out how much they are used to draw the guys in, all for free drinks and contests that I won't mention, and then the bars will be out of business. If they were having so much fun inhaling second-hand smoke, why would you have to drink so much booze just to get happy, and why would they only be happy for an hour? Thank God, I am high on Jesus, and as the old song says, "Now, I am happy all the day!" You can find true pleasure at God's right hand, and it will last forever more!