THE STORY OF JESUS: Psalm 80
“Make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” (Psalm 80:19)
This verse is a quote from the priestly blessing in Numbers 6:25-26.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
A shining face is a beaming, smiling face, when you delight in someone.
Think when your parents disciplined you and you felt their displeasure?
Or when you sensed their pleasure, and saw (felt) the glow of their smile?
There are times when we sense God’s sadness or displeasure (rightly so).
I recently felt God’s sadness, and I prayed words like these.
God’s smile reached my heart, I sensed His love, forgiveness and blessing.
This blessing reflects God’s heart; pray for it, long for it, wait for it.
Even when He is displeased with my behaviour, His heart still glows.
Even when He seems distant, His face still beams with love.
He will correct us, He will warn us, but He will always shine for us.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, knowing Your smile is a what we all long for, and were made for. Help us to see that You still love us, even when you need to disciplne us.