Psalm 11:7 - Good Works and Seeing Him Face to Face.

Psalm 11:7 - Good Works and Seeing Him Face to Face.

Psalm 11:7 (NKJV) For the Lord is righteous, He loves 
righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.  

Psalm 11:7 (TNIV) For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; 
the upright will see his face. 

Psalm 11:7 (TEV) The Lord is righteous and loves good deeds; 
those who do them will live in his presence. 

Psalm 11:7 (MSG) God's business is putting things right; he 
loves getting the lines straight, Setting us straight. Once we're 
standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.  

Psalm 11:7 (CWR) The Lord is righteous. He loves righteousness. 
Someday the righteous will see His face. 

CONTEXT: Confidence in the Lord: Psalm 11:1-7.

A song of trust, written by David while fleeing (see v. 1), 
probably from King Saul (a likely occasion is while in the Wilderness of 
Ziph after he received an encouraging visit from Jonathan; 1 Sam. 
23:16-18). [Andrews SB] 

The psalmist affirms his faith in the righteous God. Even though 
the world appears hopelessly chaotic, both the godly and the wicked 
can count on God's justice. The godly can depend on him as a refuge 
and shelter. [NLT SB 2008]  



God made us in His image to reflect who He is, and so to bring 
Him glory. Since the Lord is righteous, He wants us to act in 
righteous ways. And through His Spirit He gives us the power we need. 
[Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley] 

God's Origami
  We are [God's] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 
2:10; read Romans 8:22-30 
  Not long ago, I attended a class in origami, where I learned 
that the term comes from two Japanese words that mean "folding 
paper." In this process, a piece of paper is transformed into a bird or 
other unique shape by a series of geometric folds and creases. 
  Our facilitator was Hitoshiro Akehi, a Japanese brother in 
Christ. As we folded our paper into different shapes, Mr. Akehi shared 
some of his life experiences. The youngest of 11 children, he was 
raised by his mother after his father died during World War II. Through 
many twists and turns, his family came into contact with 
missionaries. As a result, many of his family members became Christians. 
  As I refashioned a simple piece of paper into a beautiful new 
form, I thought of how God shapes us. First, He uses circumstances to 
bring us to our knees and to Him. Then, by grace He continues to use 
life's twists and turns to reshape us into more Christlike persons, 
"conformed to the image of His Son" (Rom. 8:29). 
  Has your life taken an unexpected turn? Remember, in the hands 
of our Creator and Redeemer, we are "[God's] workmanship, created 
in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:10). We are His unfinished works of art. 
God can use the twists and turns in our lives to make us more like 
His Son. 
  Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
  Thou art the Potter, I am the clay;
  Mold me and make me after Thy will,
  While I am waiting, yielded and still. --Pollard
Christians are God's works in progress.
 [Our Daily Bread by Dennis Fisher/Les Lamborn]


His countenance doth behold the upright. This statement may also 
be translated, "the upright shall behold His face" (RSV). The godly 
will be admitted into the very presence of God (see on Ps. 4:6; see 
also 1 John 3:2; Rev. 22:4). 
  "Face to face shall I behold Him,
  Far beyond the starry sky;
  Face to face in all His glory,
  I shall see Him by and by!"
It was this confidence in ultimate fellowship with God in heaven 
that supported the psalmist's trust in God's daily care. [SDA Bible