Psalm 17:15 – Behold

Note: Although this series has stretched out a few days longer than I originally planned, we are almost coming to its end. 

“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.” – Psalm 17:15

Today, while not ignoring verses 1-14 in Psalm 17, we will be focusing on Psalm 17:5: “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.” 

As David observes the unrighteous people surrounding him in verses 10-12, this verse is his promise, his declaration to God that he will not be distracted by the trinkets of this world, but will instead fix his eyes on God, his most glorious treasure.

It’s as though David is saying, “Okay, they’ll close their hearts to pity and speak arrogantly and seek to destroy the righteous (v 10-12), but I will not—I refuse.”

How does he accomplish this? 

He beholds the face of God and is satisfied by his likeness. The Hebrew word for “behold” is “chazah”—to look upon something intensely. I pray this week that we would gaze intensely upon God. That we would bask in the beauty of his presence. And that as a result, the world’s trinkets would lose their sparkle against the backdrop of our glorious and shining God.

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” – Philippians 3:8

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