As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. Psalm 17:15
I am going through the Psalms. Again. Oozing out of these sincere prayers are nuggets and nuggets of treasures of wisdom. I could sleep there. I could hold all my conversations there.
David doesn’t cease amazing me. In this specific Psalm, he speaks of his confidence in God who ultimately saves. But he also speaks of the difference between the wicked and the righteous, as revealed in what satisfies them.
Verse 14 shows the wicked satisfied with earthly things. ‘Men of the world… have their portion in this life,.. whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure. They are satisfied with children, And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.’
‘But as for me’, David says; ‘even when I see how you satisfy the wicked man with good things and children and gold, even when I know it is your hand doing this, I know their portion is the perishable things’.
‘As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.’
‘What satisfies me’, says David, ‘even when the wicked are prosperous materially, is not my material prosperity’.
We must search ourselves. Those who have seen Him, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, their hearts will be warmed. They yearn to see His face in righteousness. They are satisfied by being transformed into His likeness.
Our future glorification must produce joyful obedience presently. Our future resurrection should rejoice our hearts now, amidst the struggles with wickedness here. But what rejoices your heart believer? Why do you identify with Christianity? Just asking.
Would it be that I am entirely satisfied by Him. My bank account may not be fat, I may not have obtained that Visa or my children may not yet be back to school. But I will not let that which I don’t have now stop me from thanking God for what He has given me by His grace. Especially the gift of eternal life. I must reflect on His goodness daily, even (and especially) in the storm.