The countenance of God! Of course none of us have seen God's countenance at any time but we still can appreciate it and enjoy it as if we have!
Think of the two who were walking on the Emmaus Road. Their hearts were sad because of the recent events in Jerusalem. Suddenly a 'stranger' joins them and talks with them, eventually getting them to tell Him why they were so downcast. There followed what must have been the most amazing Bible commentary spoken to them by the Lord Himself. Such amazing revelations caused their heart to burn within them. And when at last they recognised Him, all their sorrow dissolved into gladness.
Let us think of Mary at the empty tomb of the risen Lord Jesus. She was exceeding sorrowful at the thought that someone may have taken away the body of her Beloved Lord. She spoke with a Man she supposed was the gardener while her heart was filled with immeasurable sadness, but as soon as she recognised that the Man speaking with her was her none other than the Lord Jesus Himself, her sorrow was dissolved into gladness also.
Now, we have never seen the face of our Lord Jesus but we know we will do one soon day. At this present time we walk by faith and 'see' Him by faith also. Peter tells us that: "Jesus Christ:Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." 1 Peter 1: 7-8.
If loving Him whom we have never seen before, and believing Him results in our being filled with 'joy unspeakable and full of glory', what will it be like to see Him face to face?
It is amazing to notice that exceeding gladness is associated with the countenance of the One who we have yet to see one soon coming day.