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12/22/2008

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Two Faces


"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations" (Ps. 100 4&5).

Last time we talked about trying to stay on course with so much swirling about us. Satan is crafty in how he tries to divert our first love from God to the world. David faced his own demons and distractions.(Ps.3:1-2) He felt guilty and spent many sleepless nights. Some times he even felt that God was "far away." So, how did David keep his eyes on the goal and maintain his faith?

In the seventeenth Psalm, in one of his many prayers, we can see that he kept "two faces" in mind. The first face was God's. "And I---in righteousness I will see your face" (17:15).David was searching for what was righteous....He looked for it! He wanted to be able to recognize what was really good and pure. In the previous verse (14) he mentioned men who serve themselves...Their satisfaction was in only earthly things and they sought happiness in them. This is not the happiness that will last. David did not want to be deluded by what the earth could offer him, but rather wanted to view things through clearer eyes..Eyes looking toward eternity

It was in these things, holy things, that David could see the face of God around him. The second face that David kept in mind was his own. In the last part of verse fifteen he says, "I shall be satisfied when I awake in your likeness." We always talk about being more "Christ-like." This is what David was striving toward. His desire was to see God in himself. To wake up in the morning, look into the mirror, and be happy with what he saw. Not in a physical sense, but character-wise. To see in that mirror goodness, holiness, purity, and virtue.

As David, we should not be satisfied until we can look at ourselves becoming more like the God we claim to serve. He shows the answer as he looks to the two faces...God's and his own. I hope to complete these thoughts tomorrow.

Have a great week....Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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