The Glory of God is Your Aim (Psalm 17:13-15)

Psalm 17:13-15

13 Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him!
Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
14 from men by your hand, O LORD,
from men of the world whose portion is in this life.
You fill their womb with treasure;
they are satisfied with children,
and they leave their abundance to their infants.
15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.


The comparison of the people in verses 14 and 15 is striking for all who wish to be honoring to God. In verse 14, David talks about wicked men. In reality, what he writes there does not seem to be so out of place. They have treasure. They have children. They are living to leave a solid inheritance for the generation that will follow. Yet, there is something missing in them—something that is very important.

In verse 15, David talks about himself in comparison to the wicked, and we see what it is that the believer has that the worldly man does not. David will behold God’s face and be satisfied with his likeness. David’s portion is not in this world. He is not living for this life, even for the good thing of leaving a solid inheritance for his children. David’s life is aimed at eternity. His joy is focused on one thing, seeing and delighting in the face of God. David’s whole purpose and whole being is about being satisfied in the presence of and by the glory of Almighty God. That is what makes his view of the world different than that of the lost person.

Right now, I would guess that there are many whom you know (you might be one of them) who believe that the whole purpose of their life is to live on through the next generation. There are many people in our church pews and on our televisions who think they are doing good by devoting their lives to simply making the world a better place for the next generation. And, while it is clear that we are to take care of our children and strive to lead the world toward righteousness, there is something else that must occupy our hearts if we are to truly please God. Our lives are not about this world. Our lives are not even about leaving wealth for our children. Our lives must, absolutely must, be about the eternal satisfaction that is only found in the presence of God. If you are a true believer, your heart should be focused more on the presence of God than it is on anything in this world. You should do what you do for the sake of the heart-satisfying glory of God. You should want what you want because you want to be satisfied in the presence of the Lord. You should act how you act in order to better display the honor of God, an honor which will ultimately give your heart its joy. If you are a believer, you must learn to live, not for this world or even to make this world a better place for your children, but instead for the sake of being fully satisfied in the presence of God. Yes, when you honor God, you will make this world a better place; but making this world a better place can never be your goal. The glory of God is your aim.

Dear Lord, I thank you that, in every passage I read, you make it so abundantly clear that the purpose of my life is to see and savor your glory. You have created me by your power and for your glory. You have made me so that nothing will satisfy my soul except for when it does what it was created to do, glorify you. I pray that you will show me your glory this day. I pray that you will satisfy my heart by letting me see you do wonderful works. Let me see you in your word and in the world you have made. Let me be focused, eternally focused, on you.