As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness (Psalm 17:15)
When I first read this Scripture, some years ago, it gripped my heart with riveting emotion. I thought, "with thy likeness." Overwhelmed, as floods of thoughts cascaded through my mind, I wanted to absorb all its meaning. Once again, I found myself at the threshold of revelation, only to knock.
When Jesus walked on earth, several times he was confronted with persons who were deceased. Jesus would simply say, "they are asleep." (John 11:11) How could this be? Certainly a challenge to the natural mind. So in order to determine stability of the whole event, a close look at the preceding verse in Psalm 17 must be afforded. In verse 14, we can read about the reward or blessings given to the disobedient; wicked men of the world. A wide range of goodies are afforded them, which have their portion in this life.
Then what happens to God's faithful? All who have forsaken what the world offers and have followed Jesus and the Gospel. What could possibly satisfy such a loyal follower? Could it be that when they awake out of sleep, that long journey over, their likeness will be the same as the Lords', when he rose from the dead? You be the judge. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder