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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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.