Lenten Reader | Day 36

Let Your Face Shiner

But I trust in you, Lord;
     I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands;
     deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
     from those who pursue me.
Let your face shine on your servant;
     save me in your unfailing love.
Let me not be put to shame, Lord,
     for I have cried out to you;
How abundant are the good things
     that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
     on those who take refuge in you.
In the shelter of your presence you hide them
     from all human intrigues;
you keep them safe in your dwelling
     from accusing tongues.

- Psalm 31:14-17a,19-20
Everyone’s journey in faith looks different. For some, it feels so natural, but for others it often comes in the face of loneliness and helplessness. While I was reading the passage from Psalm 31:14-1, the first thing that stood out to me was “My times are in your hands.” My first thought from that was to put everything in the hands of our Lord, and I found myself thinking, “Is that something I do?” You should ask yourself the same.

Often times we find ourselves investing ourselves in God in the face of the hard times, but we fail in glorifying him during the good times. Letting His face shine on us in those moments can be hard. Often we find ourselves caught in the whirlwind of the day and struggle to find the strength to push on. We can lean on others but when I read the words “Save me in your unfailing love” it is clear to me. We need to put ourselves in the hands of our loving God, the one who redeems us from our sins and has never failed us. It is my prayer for us all in this journey in faith to remember God loves us in the hard times, and we need to glorify him in the good times.

As we approach this time of Easter and the celebration of Jesus being resurrected, I hope we can let His face shine more in the praise and thankfulness of our sovereign Lord – in good times and in bad.

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Father, let you face shine on me, your servant. Help me to praise you in good times and bad. My times are in your hands.