Because I am righteous, I will see you.
When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.
Psalm 17:15 (NLT)
This morning as I read David’s lyric that he would “see [God] face to face” I was struck by the notion. In fact, what seems to be a simple thought seemed to be an audacious statement. In all my journeys through God’s Message, I’ve come to understand that seeing God “face to face” is a momentous deal. Few people in the recorded histories of God’s Message actually saw God face-to-face and those who did reacted to the experience – most commonly falling face down to the ground in awe and righteous fear. In fact, whether they knew it or not, their encounter with seeing God’s face was a life threatening experience from which they were graciously spared. God told Moses directly: “No one may see me and live.” (Exodus 33:20)
If you’re interested in a little extra-credit research, here is a short list of a few who saw God face-to-face and their experiences:
- Abram (Genesis 17)
- Jacob (Genesis 32)
- Moses (Exodus 3)
- Isaiah (Isaiah 6)
- Peter, James & John (Luke 9:28ff)
- Saul (Acts 9)
Today, I’m reminded that I serve Jesus who, God’s Message says, is the risen and glorified Creator of the universe. I trust His promise that I will someday see Him face-to-face and will dwell with Him in His glory. I’m equally reminded that my finite human mind cannot comprehend the enormity of it.