In Psalm 17 David prays for God to deliver him from his enemies, “those men of the world whose portion is in this life.” These “men” have treasure filled wombs, are satisfied with children, and leave their abundance to their kids. They are satisfied with the here and now, and build their hopes and dreams around getting riches and leaving an inheritance to their children. You could say they are happy pursuing the American dream.
In contrast, David says, “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”
The men of the world were satisfied in this life, while David was satisfied with God’s likeness.
Here are two different pursuits of happiness. One pursues the world, and the other pursues God. The world gives seasons of satisfaction, but those seasons fade and all come to an end. In God, there is no end, and the pleasures you seek in Him only get stronger throughout all eternity.
So what will your portion be? This world that is passing away, or the likeness of God that will fill your heart forevermore.