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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. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him. (Psalm 67)
Don't you just love people with great big smiles? Something in them is happy and content and as they see people their mouths just form the perfect smile and you can almost feel the warmth of that person. Imagine God's smile. David knew it and wrote about it a lot. Other Old Testament writers did as well. We closed our MYF meetings back in the day with the MYF Blessing that included that phrase from the Numbers 6:24-26, "The Lord make His face shine upon you," It was asking for our actions to bless God to the point of God smiling upon us. And this psalm asks the same of God, but it also places on us our responsibility to praise God and to make God's way known among all the nations.
Stop and think about ways that you have been personally blessed. Now think about how those ways make others know about God and God's role and place in your life.
PRAYER: Loving God, I celebrate You and Your love. Let me today cause You to smile upon me by doing that which pleases You and blesses others. In Christ Jesus I pray, amen.
Have a great and blessed day in the Lord!