Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord! Psalm 4:6
Surely, this prayer is answered for those of us who believe! The Lord’s turning toward His own is an eternal turning, a never rescinded invitation sealed in Christ’s own blood. We live our lives abundantly beneath His watchful eye, encompassed by His love, safeguarded by His protection,and encouraged daily by His help. The light of His face upon us offers forgiveness for sins, growth in our sanctification, and a promise of our future and final glorification. His love is never divided between His children, but exponentially multiplied, grace upon grace.
His attention is a benefit unlike any other offered by mere mortals, even though they be men of power and renown, for His is an attention to the most minute detail our souls can require, with an eye towards our good end. And, He has not only our good in mind, but the absolute power to bring it to pass.
We may imagine that friendship with the rich and famous might afford us luxuries and opportunities that will give rest to our souls, but the truth is that relationships like these take a lot of work. One must be able to keep up, wear the right clothes, exhibit the appropriate level of intelligence and match resource for resource in an ever evolving appreciation for the finer things in life. And, should we be unable to reciprocate, our worldly alliances wither and die. Amity based on our ability to perform is absolutely exhausting.
How much better to be a friend of Christ!
Because of the Gospel blessings we have in Jesus, the relationship we have with God is not based on our performance, but upon the performance of His Son. He took on human flesh. He was tempted and yet did not sin. He humbled Himself unto death on the cross. He took the punishment we deserved. He paid the death penalty that we owed. He rose again and conquered even the grave on our behalf.
It is finished. We need not work. We need not fear. When we fail, our Father does not fold His arms in anger, nor sigh and turn away, but calls us back with open arms, accepting us in the beloved for Jesus’ sake. And so we pray along with the psalmist, “Look here, Lord! Shine the light of your face upon us!”
This is the saving reality of the Gospel. Rest here.
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel