When I Awake

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 17:15:
As for me {David}, I will behold thy face {his Savior’s face} in righteousness: I shall be satisfied {big time!}, when I awake, with thy likeness.

David died years ago (I Chronicles 29:26-28), yet he spoke of waking up to behold his Savior’s face. How can this be except for resurrection? The words when I awake breathes David’s essential beliefs in his personal resurrection, and with thy likeness is the likeness of his Redeemer, Christ the Lord. King David and all believers who will awake will have the integral likeness of Christ, and will embody the fullness of life everlasting for eternity.

The Christian believer will be in what the Scriptures define as the “gathering together” and we will be taken up through the clouds above. This is the beginning of entering into our heavenly inheritance that will be enjoyed throughout an eternal lifetime in the heavenlies. We are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17), and when Christ returns, “we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (I John 3:2).

We will have his likeness, for our bodies will “be fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21), having perfect synergism in his likeness. Being joint-heirs with Christ is sharing fully, whereas Israel’s inheritance in the Promised Land will be divided amongst them. However, the Christian believers’ everlasting inheritance in heaven will be given to all of us to equally enjoy.

Acts 2:22-27:
-22: Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
-23: Him {Jesus}, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
-24: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
-25: For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
-26: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
-27: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One {Jesus Christ} to see corruption.

King David always kept the hope of his Savior alive in his heart hundreds of years before the first coming of Christ. David continuously held in reserve Jesus Christ before my face, meaning he at all times looked towards Jesus and his day of deliverance. The end result for looking unto Jesus was that Jesus was his guaranteed hope (as well as ours), for eternal life – as David confessed – “Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell.” Knowing Jesus Christ personally through knowing the Scriptures assured David of his eternal life which daily allowed his heart to rejoice and as he spoke of Jesus, his tongue was glad which also gave others the hope of Christ’s return.

Psalms 28:7-8:
-7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
-8: The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

The anointed of God is Jesus Christ, and God is the saving strength of Jesus Christ (See Acts 2:22-24 above). Jesus is our interceder (between God and man), and Jesus Christ reveals to the heart that searches for God, the magnificence of God Himself.

Knowing Christ causes our hearts to greatly rejoice, and a glad tongue comes to us by speaking about the accomplishments of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Witnessing to others that Jesus died for our sins, that he was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God, that he is returning for us at some future moment to take us home surely causes the tongue to be glad.

Acts 2:28:
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance {presence}.

Coming to personally know Jesus Christ gives to the believer understanding about the ways of life, such as how to genuinely walk with God. Jesus Christ was always pleasing to God (Matthew 3:17). As we ourselves look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), he will also teach us how to be pleasing to God, for Jesus is always present within our hearts, showing believers the ways of life, which actuates our entitlement of being full of joy. “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me” (Psalms 49:15).

Hope of resurrection is written throughout the Scriptures, and the followers of the ways of life may ascribe to abiding in this eternal truth, “that when they awake in resurrection, they awake in the likeness of God’s Son.”