I will behold thy face in righteousness

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Psalms 17:15Psalms 17:15
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.  

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“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”

Charles Spurgeon said “Glimpses of glory good men have here below to stay their sacred hunger, but the full feast awaits them in the upper skies. Compared with this deep, ineffable, eternal fullness of delight, the joys of the world ling are as a glowworm to the sun, or the drop of a bucket to the ocean.

“I will behold thy face” – God’s face
I believe that this verse refers to when we shall Christ’s face in Heaven but we can certainly apply looking at Christ’s face now with spiritual eyes. We know that no man has seen the glorified God so we know that we cannot see Him with our visible eyes. Romans 1:19Romans 1:19
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. in them: or, to them  

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tells us that we can see God through the invisible things of Creation. This is the face of our Beloved! Any true Christian should view God as our most Beloved. When we look on the face of God we are looking on the face of the one that sacrificed His Son for us. Christ left Heavens glory to come to the stink and stench of our earth. This is the One that went from a pure, sinless place called Heaven to come to our earth which is full of sin and corruption.

“In righteousness”
We won’t behold Christ’s face when we are living in unrighteousness. The only way the believer can ever hope to gain a brief look at Christ is when we are living righteously, walking in the fear of the Lord. William Coldvill wrote that in order to behold God’s face in righteousness he would have to have his heart “perfectly conformed to the will of God, the perfect and adequate rule of righteousness.”

“I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness”
Again this is speaking about when we receive our glorified bodies but we can still make applications to our life now. See also II Corinthians 3:18 – Here we see that we can change more and more into His image here on earth. Our graduation into a fully changed and glorified body does not happen until we get to Heaven. Notice that this changing from glory to glory happens with the assistance of the Spirit of God. This is not something that we can do ourselves. However, all Christians should be getting closer to the likeness of Christ each day. If we are not then either we are not a Christian or we are backsliden.

Gazing on Jesus
“I fear we do not gaze enough upon that face covered with the bloody sweat, for if we did, we should be more like him; we should love him better; we should live more
passionately for him, and should spend and be spent, that we might promote his glory.” -Spurgeon, “Fragrant Graces”
~ Pastor Vaal

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