But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in Heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face. (Psalm 17:15) TLB

Search as we will, try as we might, outside of Christ there exists no satisfaction of soul.

Inner peace does not fall upon the unregenerate of heart; Christ has reserved that blessing for the redeemed. Man was created to live in union with Christ and his soul is never more at peace than when he is participating in what he was designed to do.

Augustine acknowledged, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Many of us can testify of the vast emptiness we felt before our conversion. We bought new things; we went to new places; we ventured into the unknown, searching for something to satisfy our inner longings. Some of us went the drug route; we tried alcohol and a variety of other things. When we awoke the next day, we found ourselves more destitute than the previous day.

In the above scripture David acknowledges the futility of every earthly thing. His anticipation of seeing Christ face-to-face comforted him in life’s struggles. The hope of Christ filled him with joy unspeakable. Some Christians have visions and dreams of sitting with Christ and talking with Him of things to come.

Usually at the end of their experience Christ walks away. David’s desire was for more than a dream or a vision. He wanted the tangible presence of Christ for all of eternity. He looked forward to the day when he would behold Him.

In this ever progressive, dumbing down of our society, we need an unmovable rock upon which to cast our every care. We need to set our affections on things above.

Bart Millard gave us a song of worship a few years ago. It is guaranteed to lift us from the lowest pit of despair to the heights of His wonderful presence as we mediate upon these beautifully arranged words.

“I can only imagine

What it will be like

When I walk by your side

I can only imagine

What my eyes would see

When your face is before me

I can only imagine

Surrounded by your glory

What will my heart feel

Will I dance for you Jesus

Or in awe of You be still

Will I stand in your presence

To my knees will I fall

Will I sing hallelujah

Will I be able to speak at all

I can only imagine

I can only imagine.”

Sue West is available to speak at churches and home Bible Study groups. Contact her at preacher_west@yahoo.com.sg

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