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Satisfied seeing Him

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 3 months ago | 949 views Link: https://goo.gl/VkJHVK

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Recently our family has experienced the passing of two close loved ones whom we cherished.  Others in our church body have recently lost family members as well.  Every day obituaries are published in the paper and we read of those killed in all types of accidents as well as homicides and acts of terrorism.  Beyond all that lie the deaths of the unborn whose lives are destroyed in the name of convenience and desperation.  Death surrounds us.  Even in our own lives, many of us are nearer the end of our walk on earth than the beginning.

Some consider death to be a morbid subject that should be out of our minds.  It’s considered by many that we should dwell on current things and not think about the end.  Especially when we are in difficult circumstances, we tend to focus on the situation before us to the exclusion of thinking of the future.

In Psalm 17, David was crying out to God in prayer because he had deadly enemies who surrounded him and oppressed him.  He is asking for God to hear him and show love to him by hiding him in the shadow of His wings.  He is asking for deliverance from the trouble.  But in the midst of his dangerous situation, he keeps the future in his mind.  He knows who holds his future and what the result will be.

In verse 14, he says that those wicked men who are against him have their portion in this life.  What they have now is the best they will ever have.  They have been blessed with children and have enough abundance to leave an inheritance to their children.  Those are gracious blessings that God showers on the just and the unjust.  But that satisfaction doesn’t compare with the future blessing of a believer in Christ.

In verse 15, David says, “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”  David means that when he awakes from death, he will be satisfied to be in the presence of the Lord and be in His likeness.  It reminds us of 1 John 3:2,  which says, “Beloved, we are God’s children now and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is”.

A believer in Christ can be confident that God has imputed Christ’s righteousness to him or her and that it’s possible to stand in the presence of God without sin, beholding His face in righteousness.    God’s work has been to conform him or her to the likeness of Christ and the believer will be satisfied with His likeness.    The believer will be satisfied in seeing His face.

Unlike those wicked men David describes, who have their portion in the blessings of this life, the believer’s portion is God Himself.  As David says in Psalm 16, “The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup.”

While enjoying the blessings of this life, may our satisfaction be truly found in our relationship with Him.  May we look forward to that day when we awake in His likeness.  May we take joy in His work to bring that day to fruition.

Dale

 

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Mary Leadbetter

Yes LORD.

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Dana Mittwede

Amen. SM

Aaron Finch

Amen! Thanks for taking the time to write these encouragements.

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