Daily D – Psalm 67:1-2
May God be gracious to us and bless us; may he make his face shine upon us so that your way may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
PSALM 67:1-2 (CSB)
Numbers 6:24-26 is the blessing the priests were to speak over Israel:
May the LORD bless you and protect you;
may the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
may the LORD look with favor on you
and give you peace.
These texts are two of a kind. They pronounce and invoke God’s blessing.
Our Father in heaven leads with love. His every thought and action is motivated and animated by his faithful and enduring love (Psalm 136). God is love (1 John 4:8).
What is his disposition toward you on Monday mornings when you played too hard and stayed up too late on Sunday?
God smiles on you. His plans for you are for your well-being, for a special future, and for an enduring hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
You can live courageously and confidently as you walk with God into a new day and a new week.
You can live with assurance that you are so deeply loved that no sin could separate you from God’s grace and forgiveness when you humbly return to him.
You can know for certain that he smiles when you lead with love as he leads with love.
You can know the success of an entirely different order and magnitude when you walk before God in faith and with faithful service to everyone you meet.
What do you want more of or less of that honors God and serves others?
What’s stopping you?
What is your best next step of faithful living today?
I will live the confident assurance of God’s grace, blessing, and smile.
Our Father, thank you that you do not withhold your love and approval until we finally get things right. Instead, you give us your love and approval up front and empower us to live lives you can smile upon. We turn to you today to align and attune our hearts and minds so that we can indeed not only live lives you can smile upon but also to live lives that bring smiles to others. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.