Reading the Bible is an important part of how we can grow in our faith, but we know many people question why the Bible is not relevant for today. With its old language and confusing references, it can feel irrelevant or disconnected. But these Scripture meditations are meant to help us bridge that disconnect and encounter reasons why the Bible IS relevant.

Finding True Joy

Most of us would say we’d like to be finding true joy. Sure, we experience joy-filled moments (birthday parties, weddings, family gatherings, births, etc.), but in the context of our whole life, those moments can feel few and far between, and honestly, a little overshadowed by the hard, sad seasons.

Scripture invites us to find joy even in hard things (James 1:2), to rejoice always (Philippians 4:4), and to be filled with “all joy” (Romans 15:13).

But we can’t make ourselves feel joyful. 

Join us in this Scripture meditation that focuses on the kind of sustaining joy we can experience in God’s presence!

Psalm 16:9-11

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

    my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,

    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

11 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.

What This Teaches Us about God

  • We can find security in him (v. 9)
  • He does not abandon his people (v. 10)
  • He shows us the path of life (v. 11)
  • He fills us with joy (v. 11)

Prayers of Response

Lord, I confess that I felt anxiety, not security when __________.

Father, I praise you because you are _________. Thank you for being my reason to rejoice today!

Prayer Requests

So that they too may be filled with the joy of your presence, bring ___________ (name) to know life in you.

Because you intimately know how I am struggling with ___________, I ask you to make my heart glad, and my tongue rejoice despite my struggles.

Prayers of Readiness

Father, just as you make the path of life known to me, please guide me down the right road as I…

Lord, I’m trusting you to not abandon me when it comes to __________.


Scripture meditations are one way to start reading the Bible more. They’re here to help us connect with God in the ordinary, extraordinary, everyday moments of life—visit this page for more!

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