As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness;
I will be satisﬁed with Your likeness when I awake.
Psalm 17:15 NASB
What beautiful words! What a beautiful expectation! It is the expectation of every true believer—one that extends beyond the end of time and out into eternity. We will fall asleep in death, but one day we will awake. And when we awake, we will be satisﬁed—satisﬁed with the likeness of the Lord. We will ﬁnd ourselves clothed with His righteousness. We will put on His likeness. We will behold His face.
That one word 'satisﬁed' sounds a chord in the depths of my being. I like to repeat it to myself. “I will be satisﬁed—satisﬁed—fully satisﬁed!” For this I am prepared both to work and to wait—if need be, to suffer also. I do not believe there is anything else that can fully satisfy the human heart, except God Himself. At this time, in this life, as believers, we have contact with God, we know Him, we serve Him, we do His will.
But there are gaps in the revelation. There is a veil in between. We are still creatures of ﬂesh. Our ideas and our concepts are so limited, and so inadequate to apprehend God. But there is coming a day when we will awake clothed in His righteousness, not in our own, to stand faultless before His throne and to see Him face-to-face. And then we will be satisﬁed! Nothing else can take the place of that. That is the end of all living. It all ends in God Himself.
“To him who is able to keep you from falling and top resent you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen” (Jude2 4–25).
Lord, I renounce any earthly satisfaction that would rob me of the satisfaction of beholding Your face in righteousness.
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