The Hope of Beholding

The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord‘s throne is in heaven. The upright shall behold his face.” “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” Psalm 11:4,7; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 3:2

These promises that one day I shall see my Savior’s face quicken joyful hope like nothing else. To gaze upon God as He is, to see the mercy in His eyes, the love in His smile, the splendor and brilliance of His glory, the serenity of His limitless power under perfect control, is, as I noted years ago beside these passages in my Bible, “Allelujah, my great hope!” He Who reigns in heaven is the One Who pledges to me, His child, that one day we will meet face to face, and that catches my breath.

Moses’ desire to see God’s face and glory has always resonated with my heart, and Moses and God spoke with each other “face to face, as a man speaks to his friend,” yet the LORD told him he could not see His face and live. We are left to wonder at the invisible intimacy the two shared, the sense of communing so closely and being so close together, yet not seeing. Our humanity imagines with only limited capacity. We know they conversed, listened to and spoke with each other, and were tight in every way. Moses did not want to proceed without the Lord’s presence alongside, and his God vowed to go with him. Such companionship is a beautiful picture of what we can enjoy each day with our Lord. (Exodus 33:11,12-23)

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The more I comprehend my God, the more I want to see Him in all His purity and perfection. But for now, my joy is knowing Him by faith and through His holy word, and walking beside Him, His Spirit’s presence at times palpable in comfort, strength, peace, wisdom. As all my senses yearn for Him, He meets me in His divine ways and keeps my hope for the “one day” alert and expectant.

“Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.          

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.  

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.” ~Dallan Forgaill (pub 1905)

Confident in hope, established in Your grace, Lord, may I daily rejoice in Your glory, both present and that yet to be revealed. (Romans 5:2)


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