“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.” vss. 1-2
The psalmist’s words remind us of the benediction that is frequently said at the close of our worship services. For some pastors it’s the highlight of the day, a final chance to ask that God’s face would shine upon the faithful, that they would know in their hearts that they are loved and blessed. It really is good to know that God smiles on us, that there is always a never-ending stream of grace and love coming our way even on our bad days. The psalmist adds a petition to the blessing that reminds us that there’s a purpose in God’s loving kindness and that it’s destined for all nations. When things work the way they’re supposed to God’s smile will be mirrored from us to others. To put it another way, the Light of Christ is reflected from our shining faces into the hurting hearts of those around us. Through us the Christ becomes the salvation of the world.That might sound like a burden to some, just another thing to feel guilty about, but that’s not the way it is. This isn’t another rule or commandment to follow, it’s simply something that happens when God’s face shines on us. God’s love lights up our lives and observers can’t help but see it.
Thought for the Day: How come some religious people are so grumpy?