PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Psalm 80
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” (Psalm 80:19)
This verse is a quote from the priestly blessing:
“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.” (Numbers 6:25-26)
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’ve had times when I felt God’s sadness, and I prayed words like these.
God’s smile reached my heart, and I sensed forgiveness, love and blessing.
As a parent I know this kind of love, that glows even when sad, disappointed or angry.
Right now you may be in a place where you are not sensing God’s loving smile.
Try going somewhere alone, outdoors if possible, and just be still with God for a bit.
Look up and slowly breathe this prayer like Asaph, for God’s smile to warm your heart.
“Make your face shine on me, that I may be saved.”
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 discipline us.