As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.Psalm 17:15(NASB)
How blessed are we who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, and how often we find encouragement, comfort, peace, and hope in the Psalms of David, whose words so often reflect the joy we also have in the Lord and bring to our remembrance the many precious promises that are ours in Christ.
Psalm 17 was written when David was encompassed about by evil enemies who sought to destroy him. He was surrounded by depraved men whose desire was to oppress him. David had been credited with righteousness because of his faith. He had separated himself from the path of the destroyer and purposed in his heart to keep his thoughts pure and his words honouring to the Lord. David was motivated to maintain his integrity of heart, knowing that the effective prayers of a righteous man can accomplish much.
It was after David had pleaded with the Lord to keep him as the apple of His eye, protect him under the shadow of His wing, save his life from the onslaught of the enemies, and vindicate him from the accusations of his adversaries, that he compared the final outcome of these proud, prosperous people with his own glorious future.
David realised that these deadly men of the world, who were so keen to rip him asunder, as a lion devours its prey, have receive their entire portion during this earthly life. They may have filled their pockets with all the good things of this would, all of which are provided from above - YET their reward is only for this short life.
He concluded that even though these evil men had become so furnished with this world's wealth and provided their children with a handsome, material inheritance, their prosperity would be short-lived and only last for a brief lifespan.
"But as for Your righteous ones," David concluded, "as for me," he rejoiced, "I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness. As for me, I will be satisfied with Your presence and content when I awake at the resurrection of God’s holy one, for I will be satisfied with Your likeness."
Everyone who has believed God is credited with His righteousness and will be raised at the last days, but each will be resurrected in their order. Before the 70th week of Daniel, Church-age saints will be resurrected, while at the end of that terrible Tribulation period, both Old Testament believers and Tribulation saints will be resurrected. Millenium saints will be resurrected at the end of the Millenium - and we will ALL: "Behold Your face in righteousness; and be satisfied with Your likeness when we awake."
Heavenly Father, thank You for the many things that I can learn from the Psalms and prophets of old. Thank You that I have been credited with righteousness by faith in Christ. Prevent me from seeking after the transitory treasures of this world, and may I remember the glories of the heavenly kingdom that are mine, when I go to be with Jesus and see Him as He is. In Jesus' name, AMEN.
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