Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Brightness of Your Face

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
O God, show mercy to us, and bless us with your grace;
and cause to shine upon us the brightness of your face,
so that your way most holy on earth may soon be known,
and unto every people your saving grace be shown.
 —Psalm 67:1-2 (Tune: Aurelia 76.76 D)
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
—Numbers 6:24-26
As to the matter, make his face to shine, it is a metaphor taken from the sun. When the sun shines, and sheds abroad his light and heat and influence, then the creatures are cheered and revived; but when that is obscured, they droop and languish. What the sun is to the outward world, that is God to the saints. Or else here is a metaphor taken from human beings who look pleasantly upon those in whom they delight; and so the Lord gives the smile of his gracious countenance to his people: indeed it alludes to both; for the allusion to the light and influence of the sun is clear in the word shine; and the allusion to the pleasant countenance of a parent  upon their child is included in. the word face. The phrase may be understood by what is said in Proverbs 16:15, In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain. What the smiling and pleasing aspect of the king is to those that value and stand in need of his favor, that is the favor of God to the saints.
 —Thomas Manton
Make your face to shine upon me, O God, that I may feel your warmth. Enlighten me, that even those things I keep hidden in the shadows might be brought to light and either blessed by you or burned away and forgiven...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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