From the moment your eyes open to the last minute of the day, your life is filled with nonstop action. If you aren't careful you can become so overwhelmed in meeting the demands of life that you forget to spend time with your Creator and Sustainer. Our daily devotionals written specifically for women in all walks and stages of life, will change the outlook of your day and give you the inspiration you need! Spending any amount of quiet time in the Word of God will refresh and encourage. Find a Bible devotion here and see how God can work through you to make today a joyful day!
THE EFFECTS OF YOU
Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statues. Psalm 119:135
When lovers who haven't seen each other in a a long time walk into the same room, there is a pregnant moment when their faces light up. Eyes widen, wordless exclamations pour out, and then arms are opened wide to embrace without any thought of restraint. Sheer happiness causes their faces to shine.
One of the meanings of 'shine' in this text is what happens when the sun arises at daybreak. The dark begins to abate with the glorious entrance of light on the horizon. It is not just any light; it is a bit orange and golden. Nothing resembles a sunrise because it has characteristics all its own. Perhaps David is trying to convey that God is so warmed by His children that His countenance is transformed when He sees us. It is like the dawning of a sunrise upon the heart. What a beautiful picture.
To feel the warmth of His smile is to have the best of all gifts today. I can stand in any storm if I know His face is turned toward me. I can find endless reserves of strength if I know that His face is traced with tenderness. David did not ask for more power, more wealth, or even more peace. He asked for God's smile. In the radiance of God's favor, David wants to be taught. The love of instruction is never greater than when one worships the Teacher. David is the star pupil in a class of one. God is not a distant professor but a warm, engaging, and storytelling Father.
Bring to me the sunrise of your smile, Father. Then let my face be radiant with all the effects of You. Amen