Reflections of the Lord's Beauty
"As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied,
when I awake, with thy likeness." (Psalm 17:15)
The portion of other men fills their bodies and enriches their children, but the portion
of the believer is of another sort. Men of the world have their treasure in this world,
but men of the world to come look higher and further.
Our possession is twofold. We have God's presence here and His likeness hereafter. Here we
behold the face of the Lord in righteousness, for we are justified in Christ Jesus. Oh,
the joy of beholding the face of a reconciled God! The glory of God in the face of Jesus
Christ yields us heaven below, and it will be to us the heaven of heaven above.
But seeing does not end it: we are to be changed into that which we gaze upon. We shall
sleep a while and then wake up to find ourselves as mirrors which reflect the beauties of
our Lord. Faith sees God with a transforming look. The heart receives the image of Jesus
into its own depths, till the character of Jesus is imprinted on the soul. This is
satisfaction. To see God and to be like Him --- what more can I desire? David's assured
confidence is here by the Holy Ghost made to be the Lord's promise. I believe it. I expect
it. Lord, vouchsafe it. Amen.