I’m currently reading Warrior Poet: Before David was King by Timothy J. Stoner and through this Biblical fictional tale, my appreciation for the Psalms is increasing. Case in point: I’ve been studying the Psalms more and had an encouraging conversation last night with a college friend after I told her about the book and how it weaves Psalms throughout the story of David’s life before he became king.

The realization that impacts me most while reading is this: the Psalms aren’t just poems, they’re songs—they’re meant to be set to music. That makes me see them in a whole new light. College friend and I read Psalm 16 last night before bed; I awoke around 5 a.m. this morning and read Psalm 17 as I worshipped for nearly 2 hours.

There are so many sweet jewels within this Psalm like verses 6-8a:

6. I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words. 7. Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand. 8a. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.

PSALM 17:6-8A (ESV)

but the verse that caught my attention was verse 15:

“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness” (Psalm 17:15).”

Naturally, I had to process my thoughts with words so I wrote a note on my Kindle:

“Oh, to be satisfied with Your likeness Lord! To see you face-to-face, nothing hindering our connection–no pesky sin to keep me from You; nothing more to repent from or forgive–o, how my soul longs for that day!! Come quickly, Lord Jesus, please! In the meantime, settle my heart and help me be patient. You, warrior King, Lover of my soul, I delight in you. I get glimpses of eternity, what that blissful marriage will be, when in worship—when my spirit and soul yearn for and connect with You most; that presence the human mind can’t comprehend—and I am both smitten and sad. I enjoy our time together but distractions often come and they make me long for You even more. Satisfy me with Your love, generous One. It’s only a little while longer until we are together, until You come in all power and glory to make everything right again. Blessed be your name, Hosanna!”

Everything on earth does not, and will not, compare to the beauty, awesomeness, and ultimate satisfaction that’s found in God’s likeness. David knew this. I pray we who are children of God learn it too.

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