Wednesday, March 3

The Blessing

Scripture: Numbers 5-6, Matthew 3

Numbers 6:24–26 

24 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 

25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 

26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ’

Observation

This was the blessing the priests were to say over Israel, and by doing so “put My name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”  

What does it mean to “make his face shine upon you”?  I believe the idea is that God looks at us with favor, pleasure and blessing.  Imagine a parent looking at his/her child with a shining face, a face that radiates love and joy and goodwill.  

What does it mean to “turn his face toward you”?  To look away from someone implies ignoring them, rejecting them, being disgusted or disappointed with them.  To look toward them implies love, concern, approval, acceptance.  

This blessing is worth memorizing and speaking over yourself and others.  It’s a reminder that God wants to bless us and keep us, do good for us and be gracious to us!  The heart of our Father is turned toward us, not against us!

Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes, Chris Brown and Steven Furtick wrote the song, “The Blessing” based on these verses in Feb. 2020 and it won the award for the Worship Song of the Year for 2020.  It’s a powerful worship song that is being sung around the world—you can see the video of it here or listen to it on the Elevation Worship album, Graves to Gardens.  It’s moving!

Application

Today, I’m listening to this song, memorizing these verses, and singing and speaking them over people I love…including myself!  I want to live in the Lord’s blessing, and share it with as many people as I can!

Prayer: Thank you Lord for blessing and keeping us, for making your face shine upon us and being gracious to us, for turning your face toward us and giving us peace!  Help me live in Your blessing and spread it to everyone!