September 8, 2010

In righteousness I will see your face: Psalm 15-17

I am inspired by the boldness and confidence in many of the verses of this day's passage.
In the 16th chapter of Psalms, David is confident in Jehovah, and knows that he will be ultimately delivered from the hands of his enemies simply based on the experiences from the past- testimony.

Psalms 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me.

Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

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 grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

11 You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

There are times when we face the valley- between- mountains ,but we have to bring the "mountain experience" back to remembrance. We must recall that " he will" and "he is".

My favorite part of the passage for the day was in chapter 17, verse 15. It is a reminder of  what we have to look forward to as children of God. This is not it, nor is it the end. When this life as we know it on earth has ended, we have a great reward. David says,

Psalms 17:15 And I—in righteousness I will see your face;

when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness

 The scriptures say  in Revelation 1:7 Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.

 As children saved by grace through faith, we can be " satisfied with seeing his likeness" rather than fearful.  We will see his face in righteousness, and it will be a thing of joy rather than pain.  An old hymn comes to mind that goes:

 O, I want to see him
 look upon his face
there to sing forever
of his saving grace
on the streets of glory
let me lift my voice
cares all past, home at last!
ever to rejoice.

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