Ps.42:11 – So I say to my soul, “Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be disturbed. For I know my God will break through for me.” Then I’ll have plenty of reasons to praise him all over again. Yes, living before his face is my saving grace!
What made David so different from others? Why are his songs still the best 3000 years later? The answer is in the last phrase of this verse. David learned the art of “living before His face”. Of course you can see glimpses of this in others. Moses talked to God face to face. Ex.33:11 – “So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” Steven looked on the face of Jesus while he was being stoned and his face lit up. David was fixed on this access to the Lord that he had been graciously given. Somehow David was translated through time to the New Testament worship we enjoy today. James said so much when he said the world wide church was the restoration of David’s Tabernacle, the blessing of unveiled worship. Today, His face is shining on whosoever will. This how William Gurnall described this verse.
“God…is the health of my countenance. The health of David’s countenance was not in his countenance, but in his God, and this makes his faith silence his fears, and so peremptorily resolve upon it, that there is a time coming (how near so ever he now lies to the grave’s mouth) when he shall yet praise him. The health and life of thy grace lie both of them, not in thy grace, saith faith, but in God, who is thy God, therefore I shall yet live and praise him. I do not wonder that the weak Christian is melancholy and sad, when he sees his sickly face in any other glass than this.”
Unveiled worship is a privilege to all New Testament believers. We have access into His presence because of the precious blood of Jesus. His blood not only forgives our sins but it allows us to come in His incredible presence. This became David’s passion and the way to live his life. For those who are thirsty for God this life is available today. That was the point of Pentecost, all mankind can now come in to this new way of life. The blood is not only about forgiveness and access into eternity in heaven, it is about joy unspeakable available to all of us today.