To bless another, is a way of requesting that God’s divine favor rest upon them. Finding oneself in the favor of God, is a space of peace and protection, abounding in love. Who doesn’t long to be in that space of feeling loved and protected in His peace?
The Lord told Moses how Aaron and his sons were to bless the people. The following are the words He gave:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” – (Numbers 6:24-26)
Five different components are contained in this beautiful blessing. First, it conveys the hope that God will bless you and keep you, which is the Lord Himself, providing His favor and protection. Next, to make His face shine upon you, is to have God Himself, be pleased with us. To be gracious, is our great God demonstrating His mercy and compassion toward us. Turn His face toward you, is an expression that means giving His approval. Finally, give peace, is the peace that passes all understanding in our hearts and minds, as only God can give.
be near you today;
may you know His favor,
as you go on your way.
May He be your safety,
wherever you go;
may His face shine on you,
so you reflect His glow.
May the God of all grace,
show mercy to you;
may compassion be near,
in whatever you do.
May you find approval,
from the Lord, Himself;
may His peace be present,
great God, above all else.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You bless us and keep us and make Your face shine upon us as You are gracious to us and You grant us Your peace. Thank You that You look upon us with loving kindness, and see us as blameless before You, because of the sacrifice of Your Son. Forgive us for our unkindness toward others, or for any attitude that is not full of gratitude toward You. You have given far more than we can even grasp, yet we so easily take it all for granted. Help us become more aware of the magnitude of the blessing that we have before us to behold. May we embrace the goodness and grace that You have given, and go forth as You are calling, so that many more might come to know the abundant blessings found through faith in You. Let those who are looking, find their hope in You. Be glorified in all that we say and do, and may we be a blessing to all who are around us. Amen.
*(NIV footnotes for 6:24-26 summarized within text above)
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
For the Lord your God will bless you, … and your joy will be complete. – Deuteronomy 16:15