God is Shining on Me

He’s Shining On Me

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Psalms 4:6 (NIV) Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.

One day many years ago – I mean MANY years ago – when I was in high school, I remember trying to encourage a friend who was going through a very difficult time. I only remember one part of the conversation, but it went like this: “Jim, keep your chin up,” to which he responded, “Why? Doesn’t that just make it easier for someone to hit?”

Yesterday in Psalm 3 we discovered the great truth that God is the shield around us and the lifter of our head. But many times we don’t want our head lifted because we are afraid it makes us a bigger target. Sometimes, in the midst of looking up and taking a public stand for God’s righteousness, we set ourselves up as targets for those who have a downward look at circumstances. But we must not be tempted to remove our focus from the face of God.

Look at what David says in Psalm 4.

  • God has given us relief in the past when we have been in distress, so we can call on Him again. (verse 1)
  • People with a downward look will always be around to turn what is honorable about looking at God into something shameful, and will find some form of satisfaction in vain words and lies. (verse 2)
  • But our confidence and security does not come from the way others look at us, but rather from God’s look at us. (verse 3)
  • Based on our confidence in God, when the false accusations of others cause us to be angry, we don’t have to respond in kind, but can instead be silent, fully trusting the faithfulness and righteousness of God. (verses 4-5)
  • When we maintain our upward look, we discover an incredible truth – God is looking at us and shining His light upon us, producing joy and peace! (verses 6-8)

In 1632, Alexander Grosse wrote a booklet entitled Enjoying Christ, and in it he says, “where Christ reveals himself there is satisfaction in the slenderest portion, and without Christ there is emptiness in the greatest fullness.”

No matter how much the world offers and provides, it never satisfies. But no matter how small the blessing of God, there is total satisfaction. “Look up, and let the light of the face of God shine upon you.”

When the many ask for good, they are asking in terms of human good. They want riches and pleasure, power and fame, protecting and personal gain. But of what value are any of those things unless there is peace and security in the soul? It has been said that it is better to be a wooden vessel filled with choice wine than to be a golden goblet that is empty.

“Look up, and let the light of the face of God shine upon you.”

When we look up and are overcome by the light of the face of God, we are filled with a glory that cannot be found in anything this world offers.

When the discouragement and despair of life’s circumstances have forced your focus downward and inward, “Look up, and let the light of the face of God shine upon you.” 

When hope has been dampened and destroyed by unfulfilled dreams and goals, “Look up, and let the light of the face of God shine upon you.”

When you reach the point of believing that nothing good will ever again show up in your life, “Look up, and let the light of the face of God shine upon you.”

When you feel as though you have no more strength to fight the battles of life, then listen to what David says in Psalm 44 – It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. 

So “Look up, and let the light of the face of God shine upon you.” If you have no peace in your soul, then receive the blessing God gave Aaron the High Priest for all the people – “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” 

“Look up, and let the light of the face of God shine upon you.” 

Pastor John

One thought on “God is Shining on Me

  1. Such an outstanding encouragement! Maybe it’s just me, but this really overwhelmed me today. The first think I thought was that I should frame this & keep it somewhere that I can see it everyday so that when the enemy invades my day I can remember to keep looking up! Thank you!

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