The smile of God
A smile is a powerful action. It can completely change the demeanor of a conversation. It puts people off guard and at the same time at ease. It lets others know that I am not to be thought of as intimidating. It can mean the difference in whether or not someone will have a bad impression of you in their mind. You can hear on the phone if the person on the other end is smiling or not. I always like to hear a smile. A smile puts mt kids at ease if they think they might be in trouble for something. I absolutely love it when my wife smiles at me. If I am up front preaching it gives me confidence that I have at least one person who supports me. Well I could go on but hopefully you get the point.
There is only one more important smile, in fact it is the most important smile that any person could get. This smile comes form God Himself! In Psalm 4:5-8 the psalmist is calling men to ponder the fact that they are sinners and that the Lord will hear the man who puts his trust in God "Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD. There are many who say, "Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!" You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety." Notice that in verse 6 there are some men who desire the Lord to lift up the light of His face upon them. The response in the next verse is that God has put more joy in the heart of the writer than if he had just eaten at the finest feast that money could buy. This is what the smile of God upon a person does. It makes that person satisfied.
In the last phrase of the Psalm David can lay down in bed at night in peace because he has experienced this smile of God. How many of us could sleep better at night and be completely satisfied if we knew that God looked at us this way too? Well we can! In 2Corinthians 4:5-6 Paul is encouraging the church with the truth that God Himself has shown in our hearts His love for us by making Himself known to us through the person of Jesus. "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
This in turn brings a smile to my face, and like David, brings me satisfaction and peace, knowing that someday I shall see this glorious smile in the face of my Savior Jesus (1 Cor. 13:12, 1 John 3:2-3).
I hope not to be misunderstood here so I would like to add that this smiling countenance from the Lord is not intended to show me how wonderful that I am, quite the contrary, it is only to show how much more glorious God is than I ever thought before. The more that I think of this the more I glorify God.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
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