10They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.
11They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;
12Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
13Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:
14From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
15As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
What is the obvious difference between the Godly and the ungodly? In Psalm 17, the Psalmist gives us a vivid picture of the ungodly. They have closed up their fat hearts, and are filled with pride; they are never satisfied as they seek their prey like a young lion lurking in secret places. And, they seem to be winning! Is their no hope against their evil?
The amazing thing is the satisfaction the wicked find in the things of the earth as they are continually amassing more and more, leaving their substance to their descendants. Is that what life is all about? Unfortunately, for a great number of people that is their only hope in life or in death.
How sad--to be so close to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and yet choose to fight against Him and His people.
As Christians, we must beware of the deceitfulness of the popularity contest. As is often the case, the real truth is not the most popular viewpoint in practice today. As such, the Christian life is a difficult life; being misunderstood and persecuted, the believer often moves about with a sense of despair.
What is the answer? The Psalmist sums it up beautifully in verse 15, of Psalm 17.
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Let us pray, that like the Psalmist, God would graciously lift our faces from this world to Him. This world is not our home; it is just a temporary stop. What is next for the child of God? To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, and then, we will behold the very face of God, and we will be satisfied.
Yes, I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!
God Bless You,