09
May
12

Two Perspectives

“Rise up, O Lord, confront them, bring them down; rescue me from the wicked by your sword. O Lord, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life. You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children. And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.”Psalm 17:13-15
Here we see the difference in perspective between people of the world, and people of the Lord. The people who are enslaved by this world store up things that reward them in this life alone. They live for today, and indeed, we see people blessed with great wealth in our land who have no relationship with the Lord.
But God’s people have a longer view than the simple pleasures we can get in our own generation, or that we can give to the next. Oh, that we can be like David in this passage, and be satisfied only with seeing God’s face – for all eternity. This flies in the face of our culture which tells us to strive for whatever we can get NOW. But David demonstrates the perspective which we should have – take your satisfaction from being with God, and look nowhere else.
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