14 O Lord, by your hand save me from such men,
from men of this world whose reward is in this life.
You still the hunger of those you cherish;
their sons have plenty,
and they store up wealth for their children.
15 And I—in righteousness I will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. (Psalm 17)
Heaven is developed as an idea or doctrine in the New Testament. The Old Testament doesn’t expound on Heaven much, but King David had an eye on Eternity. He was living for more than just this life.
David describes the evil men who were trying to take his life as ‘men of this world whose reward is in this life.’ He, however, was living for that moment when he would see God. The phrase ‘when I awake’ is intriguing! It’s as if we’re sleep-walking in this world and one day we will fully awake to the reality of Eternity – and life in this world, which is very brief, will seem like a distant dream. The true reality is in Christ.
It is important for me to choose to not live for what this world has to offer. Choosing to downgrade, to buy used, to go cheaply (not cheap) is a spiritually healthy practice. It reminds me how my life is with Christ and that this world doesn’t contain my reward (see Colossians 3:1-5).
My life is hidden with Jesus! One day He will appear and I will become like Him because I will see Him (1 John 3:1-2) and this world will pass away becoming that distant dream… giving way to the true reality found in God’s Presence. That day influenced King David in his day and it changes how I live too.
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing grace! That You would go and prepare a place for me that where You are I can be too – just amazing! Thank You for this promise. Thank You for what you’ve done, bringing dead people like me back to life. True, eternal life. I live for You this day. I live with Eternity in mind. Make me useful for Your purposes here on earth. I want You to receive a lot of glory through my life.