When something is repeated multiple times in a single chapter, I take note. In this case, the Psalmist is expressing the repeated request, a plea. There is a desire to be restored – a longing for salvation. There is a feeling of being out of place, out of sorts with God. What is the request? The request is for God to let his face shine. Their restoration and salvation plea is tied to God’s face shining. I am reminded of one of my favorite benedictions (from Numbers). It is a blessing to ask God’s face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. I think of Moses – when he came down from the mountain – after he has met with God – his face is shining. I think of the time when a few of the disciples were up on a mountain with Jesus when he began to shine so brightly. Paul was knocked down by the brightness of God’s presence. These are all powerful instances of God’s presence shining bright.
What might it look like for us? Might it look like being so overwhelmed by God’s goodness we are in awe? Might it look like God’s love begin poured into us allowing us to experience him like never before? Might it look like loving God and loving neighbor and God’s light shining through us? Might it simply look like grace? I’m not sure. But I am sure it is an experience I don’t want to miss.
May God shine his face upon us and be gracious to us. May he light the world with his love.
19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.
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