Monday, October 27, 2008

The Old Testament Urges us to Seek God's Face

How many passages of the Old Testament refer to God's face?
Quite a few.
Probably the best known and the most beautiful is the priestly blessing of Numbers 6:24-26. "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."

At least seven of the Psalms refer to God's face including Psalm 4:6; Psalm 24:5-6; Psalm 27:7-9; Psalm 31:16; Pslam 44:3; Psalm 67:1; and Psalm 80:3 which reads: "Restore us, O God; let thy face shine, that we may be saved!".

Daniel 9:17 reads "Now therefore, O our God, hearken to the prayer of thy servant and to his supplications and for they own sake, O Lord, cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary, which is desolate".

May the sanctuary of our hearts, homes and churches not be desolate, but may God shine his glorious face on each and all.

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