December 20, 2009 Let Your Face Shine Psalm 80:1-7
1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth 2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us! 3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. 4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure. 6 You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved. 8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. 9 You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches; 11 it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River. 12 Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? 13 The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it. 14 Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, 15 the stock that your right hand planted. 16 They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance. 17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself. 18 Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name. 19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
What a precious moment to look at the warm and wrinkly face of a newborn child.
It is a joy to see the love on the face of a bride and groom as the come to the alter in marriage.
One year, santa had left me a flash for my camera: as school photographer I wanted to capture Christmas Morning with my new flash, so I loaded up and captured blinded shots of my family getting out of bed from four feet away.
If looks should judge/shame: look away.
If looks, could kill: Don’t point it at me.
If, looks could heal: Look this way
If, looks would restore: Glance this way
Vs 3, 7, 14, 19.. look at us.
..look at us.
See out need
See us as your people
See us with out empty vines
See us filled with the emptiness of sin
See us, Shine your face on us and
RESTORE US to you.