As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. — Psalm 17:15
As followers of Christ, we often look around and feel like we simply don’t fit in with the world in which we live. Our desires, our view of the world, and our understanding of what truly matters is drastically different from those who don’t know the Lord. This was also the case in David’s day.
In this prayer, David outlined some of the behaviors of the wicked men with whom he was dealing. He was being oppressed, harassed, and surrounded. David described them as having closed hearts and proud lips (Psalm 17:10).
The biggest difference was what brought them ultimate satisfaction. The wicked received all of their rewards in this life. They were satisfied, David said, with their children and their possessions. It was not so for David. “As for me,” he prayed, “I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness” (NIV).
This world parades a lot of pretty things before our eyes. It offers plenty of shiny distractions meant to mimic fulfillment and satisfaction. Just like in David’s day, people take pride in their families, possessions, and achievements.
Let our prayer be the same as the man after God’s own heart.
Only You, Lord, can satisfy the longings of our hearts, and we will not know true satisfaction until we are in Your presence.
Excerpted with permission from 100 Favorite Bible Prayers by Stacy Edwards, copyright Thomas Nelson.
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It’s easy and human to try to find happiness and fulfillment in human things, physical joys, temporal pleasures. But, it’s no use. The Lord is the only One who can truly satisfy! Let’s pray together today to be quenched and delighted by Him alone!