Psalm 67: 1 God be gracious to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us- Selah.
This portion of the psalm is taken from Aaron’s benediction in Numbers 6:
22Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
23“Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:
24The LORD bless you, and keep you;
25The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
26The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.’
27“So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.”
This bit about the Lord’s face shining on them really got me today. What would that look like? Then I chuckled to myself because it actually happened in Matthew 17:
1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.
I’m sure that over time, the words of this benediction got old, sort of like some of our recitation of the psalms or the Lord’s Prayer. We can say them in our sleep and we forget what they mean. Words, when spoken over and over again lose their meaning. They kind of become mundane, like saying “Amen” when we are finished with our prayer. Most of the time, we mean “the end” instead of “so be it.”
But this whole face shining thing…Years after the transfiguration experience, I bet when Peter spoke Aaron’s benediction over his friends, he remembered the face of his Lord shining. What joy must have been on his face when he said it!
Again I was thinking, “Wow! I want to see Jesus’ face shine on me!” I had to chuckle again. (It’s good like medicine, right?) We are promised to see His face shine:
14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. Revelation 1
Our Lord’s face shines on us. They prayed it in the Hebrew scriptures, they were given a short glimpse of it in the New Testament, but we will be able to see it around the clock for all of eternity! I even believe that we can fell the warmth and brilliance of it now.
So, today, Reader, I ask that the Lord would shine upon you, that you would experience His light in a new way today. Peace and blessings to you!