Then Moses said, "Please, let me see Your glory." He said, "I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim the name Yahweh before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." But He answered, "You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live."
I still like to sing and boldly proclaim that I want to see the face of God. It is worthy of note that even though Moses spoke with God "face to face," Moses did not see the face of God. God declares that a human cannot do that and live.
What is it about the face of God that prohibits further life on this earth after you see it? Please understand that what I am about to say is pure speculation, but I do believe it is worth pondering.
There is a popular Radio and TV personality that makes a very interesting parallel. Glenn Beck does a radio show every day and a television show as well. I don't enjoy listening to him on the radio, but I love to watch him on television. The difference is his face. His words may be exactly the same, and in fact I think most days they are, but when I see his face I get a different perspective. When I see his face I see deep into his heart even though the words he speaks are the same.
If I were to see the face of God as a human being perhaps I could not handle what I would see. It may so shock my very being and shake me to the core that I could not continue to live. So remember when you tell God you want to see His face you are asking God to take you into His very presence. When you see the face of God you will see deep into His heart and you will see the things that no man can know while here on this earth!