I in righteousness will behold Your face!
When I awake,
I will be satisfied with Your likeness. ~TLV~
15 But my prayer, in righteousness, is to see your face;
on waking, may I be satisfied with a vision of you. ~CJB~
What it Adonai’s likeness? Have you ever seen or felt it? I’ve had glimpses of His likeness. It’s usually not what we would expect. While we all would love to be satisfied with a heavenly vision of prosperity or a life full of a variety of abundance, that’s not aligned with His likeness. True abundance in His likeness is being poured out just like His son Yeshua. The prime example for all. Taking the sweet sorrows and bitter victories all together hand in hand. Both these versions speak about Adonai’s face. When I want my husband to behold what I am saying, I will grasp his face with both my hands and look deeply into his eyes. At that moment, we are face to face. To be face to face in Hebrew has a deeper meaning. Panim (paw-neem) is to see past the face we see. To pierce through more deeply into the many facets of one’s self. The wholeness of the face we behold. That’s a deep understanding, a place of intimacy. To know someone is to be genuinely intimate and close. David knew Adonai deeply, as did Moses. Face to face. Oh, how I long to behold my beloved’s face, to see deeply into Elohim’s many facets. I want to be satisfied by the vision of His likeness! I want my likeness to mimic Yeshua’s. Don’t you? We know that those who the Father has revealed Yeshua to reveal Himself too.
Yeshua said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven!” Matthew 16:17
We cannot know Yeshua without knowing the Father.
Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life! No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you have come to know Me, you will know My Father also. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:6-7
Remember, behold the face!
Let’s read another psalm to help us piece this together.
3 Trust in Adonai and do good.
Dwell in the land, feed on faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in Adonai,
and He will give you the requests of your heart.
5 Commit your way to Adonai.
Trust in Him, and He will do it.
~Psalm 37: 3-5~
Keywords: is Delight in Adonai. How can we delight in Adonai? To delight is to take pleasure in something. I know many of us are taught that this verse refers our God to a type of genie or wish granter. But we see that this is not the case. Do we expect the Creator of all things to grant us our heart’s desires? I am so glad that he doesn’t. We all have read the verses about our hearts, their corrupt and full of deceit. Without Him, there is no good thing. I have a question for the readers: Can we have pleasure in Adonai when our lives collide with great sufferings and sorrows? I think we all try too. I know in my own life when the storms come, I do my best to focus on Him, the lesson, and how I can use this for not just my good, but for the good of the kingdom. In my option to delight ourselves in Him is to align our hearts with His. When we are honing in on His will and desires for our lives and the lives of others, we will find this delight. To hone in on is to accept all the stuff: good, bad, troublesome, and painful. A labor of love is birthed, and we co-share the birth pains and joy, the delight with our Abba. As David said in Psalm 17:15, we will be satisfied with His likeness, Amen. The likeness of His joy, delights, sorrows, and yes, sufferings.