”If you look to him for help, he will put a smile on your face. You will have no need to be ashamed” - Psalm 34:5 (NIV).
A person's face can reflect many things. A face can exhibit distraught with worry written all over it. A face can show a certain mean dont-get-near-me attitude, with every contour lined with cynicism. A face can be grim broadcasting nothing but terrifying sternness.
But a face can also be rosy and inviting, a reflection of peace. There are faces which are calm like a settled stream of water. Everyone of us has that picture of an ideal and contented face, which is a true picture of joy and serenity.
Our faces in many ways do reflect our spiritual state, for a face is also a window of our soul. If one is passing through a difficult patch but has total trust in the goodness of the Lord there will be a glow of peace shining through the face, nevertheless. Yet one whose faith is not anchored in the Lord, is poked with doubt, restlessnes and worry will be written all over the face.
The Lord has said, "I will put a smile on your face"! Of course the meaning here is not to deny troubles around us but if we "look to him" then there will be that quiet smile we reflect. There are all kinds of smiles and some people do post cocky or cynical smiles. But there is something special and quiet calming about a smile from the Lord!
No wonder Psalm 23 says, "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord" (vv:4-6). With that hope, who wouldn't share a guenine smile!
Today, may that assurance put a smile on your face. It is one thing to see every one looking disconcerted, if not desperate because of the nature of times. But one whose faith is anchored in the Lord there is that "peace which surpasses understanding" and brings out a smile on a face, a happy face. And may this be your signature.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as I look to you, I know you will put a smile on my face, which with its joy will draw those I encounter to you, all this I pray in Jesus's name.