Morning devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:135  ¶Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

We need much encouragement in this age of which we live. To know that God shines His face upon us is sufficient for our reassurance.

Simply by knowing that God is pleased with us gives us great encouragement to continue serving Him.

I am convinced that the masks we wear today have removed the countenance of others from our necessity of communication. We need to see each other’s faces.  We need the smiles and the gentle facial expressions of assurance and pleasure that greet and cheer us each day with those we meet. That expression is lost with the masks. Friends, acquaintances and strangers no longer have the intimate gestures of the face to bless one another.

Without a mask, and without a word, we would present ourselves as friendly and unthreatening to others with a simple gesture of the face. A person with a mask has a difficult time letting others know their true nature. A person with a mask has become the threat because they could possibly have covid. Later if and when a vaccine comes out, that will be reversed?

Although there is not a blatant and obvious open threat to us, non the less there is that subtle threat that niggles in our hearts when we see people with masks. Coupled with the threat of quarantine, tracking and social distancing, people hearts are affected with a negativity that has become pervasive. Everybody is down and gloomy and wary.  

David said in Psalm 4:6  “There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.”

I am glad God does not wear a mask. In His word we find that sweet assurance we need. Psalms 119:135  ¶Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

Psalm 80:3  Turn us again, O God (Elohim – the strong and mighty one) , and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Psalm 80:7  Turn us again, O God (The strong and mighty one) of hosts (The host of angels and humans and creation itself), and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Psalm 80:19  Turn us again, O LORD (Jehovah – the self-existing one) God (the strong and mighty one) of hosts (over all creation), cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Did you see the elevation of each God in each verse? Can you see His face shining to the Psalmist? 

One day, my dear friend, we will see the Lord face to face. We will see that glorious shining face of care, and love, and grace, and mercy, for each and everyone of His beloved.  

1 Corinthians 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Until that day comes, look to the word of God and let His countenance shine upon you.

Jesus said: John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Numbers 6:24  The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25  The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26  The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

We have a lot to look forward to and a lot to experience today. We live in the positive power of Christ and the word of God. Enjoy your experience with the Lord God of host.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook