Scripture: Psalm 80
Key verse: (3) Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Reflection: Let your face shine! Our faces shine when we look with delight on a child who is sharing a moment of joy. Our faces shine when we adore our lover. Our faces shine when we celebrate the completion of a difficult but meaningful task. Our faces shine we nod with encouragement, quietly cheering on someone else.
God’s face shines in all of those ways as God looks at us. God is delighted in us; God adores us; God celebrates with us; God encourages us. The Hebrews understood God’s shining face to be a figurative way of proclaiming God’s favor and God’s action. When the writer of Psalm 80 prays “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved,” he is praying for God’s loving attention and for God’s intervention to correct what is wrong and to bring new life. The psalm longs for God’s protection and care.
As we digest the news today, may we seek God’s restoration and transformation. We are surrounded by overwhelming needs and by disheartening news. Imagine what it would mean for God’s face to shine in the world. Perhaps God’s face will shine today through you.
O God, let your face shine today:
On every person paralyzed by fear,
On every nation caught in violence,
On every child living in poverty,
On every leader motivated by self-interest,
On every disciple of Jesus Christ struggling to share your love.
Dear Lord, use me today to shine with the brilliance of your grace. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].