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Mutual Satisfaction

'As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness' (Ps. 17:15). So wrote King David as he contrasted his satisfaction with that of men of the world, whose portion is in this life. That was the vital difference between them, for there was a spiritual dimension in David's life. The Lord was his portion. 'They are satisfied with children', he wrote. So was David, of course. There is ample evidence in the Scriptures of his deep love for his family. But for the man of God there is more, much more. I shall be fully satisfied - for there is the thought of fulness in the Hebrew word - when I awake with Thy likeness.

This is one of the comparatively few Old Testament scriptures that refer plainly to resurrection. We know so much more about the subject than Old Testament saints did; but even so 'it is not yet made manifest what we shall be'. However, this we know, 'if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is' (1 John 3:2). Glorious prospect! To see Him will be to be like Him.

'I shall behold thy face in righteousness'. To see the Lord's face is the ultimate in blessing. It was so for Israel. 'The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: the LORD make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace' was the blessing God commanded Aaron and his sons to bestow upon His people (Num. 6:24-26). There could be nothing sweeter or more precious than that. 'His servants shall do him service; and they shall see his face' (Rev. 22:3,4) is one of the lovely promises with which God draws His word to a close. And when we see Him we shall be like Him. Then, and only then, shall we be fully satisfied.

Isn't it wonderful when turning to Isaiah 53 to be reminded that the Lord Jesus also is not yet completely satisfied, for the prophet says, 'He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied' (verse 11)? God's righteous Servant has justified many by bearing their iniquities, and only when all His justified ones are gathered Home will His joy and satisfaction be complete. Then we shall behold His glory (see John 17:24) and He in turn will be glorified in His saints (see 2 Thessalonians 1:10). What a glorious contemplation!

Oh, the blessed joy of meeting

All the desert past!

Oh, the wondrous words of greeting

He shall speak at last!

He and I together entering

Those bright courts above;

He and I together sharingAll the Father's love!

Mrs Bevan