Cause Thy Face To Shine

Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Psalm 80:3, 7, 19

These three verses are nearly identical and any time that the Lord thinks something is important enough to repeat it three times, we should probably sit up and pay attention.  These verses all ask the Lord to “turn us again” and to “cause thy face to shine.”

As Christians, we are caught between two opposite ways.  On the one hand, our spirit within us loves the Lord and wants to follow Him.  On the other hand, our flesh is still weak and still wants to please itself and wants to follow the world.  As Christians, we sometimes find ourselves trying to turn back toward the world.  When we turn toward the world (or toward ourselves), we have to turn away from the Lord.

When we think about His face shining on us, we can use the analogue of the sun.  When we face toward the sun, it shines on our faces.  When we turn our back to the sun, it stops shining on us.  The sun never stops shining, but the way we are facing determines if it’s shining on us or not.  When we feel that the Lord’s face is not shining on us, it is not because of Him, it is because of us.

We need Him to turn us back toward Himself so that we can feel the light of His face to shine upon us.  Maybe the Lord felt the need to mention this principle three times in the same chapter because, as humans, we are so weak and fail so often.  We need the Lord to turn us and we need Him to turn us often.

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