“‘“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’ Numbers 6: 24-26
Well, that has not happened in a very long time. I spent some time looking for something to blog about today, and thought I found a nice passage in the Psalms. I put the verses here on my screen, and thought on them for a while. And nothing came to me to write about them. Nothing. Like, completely blank and void. Yet, these verses, when I thought on them, filled me with a warm fuzzy feeling. But nothing came to me to write about them. So I went and did a few things, and came back, and still nothing.
But there were these verses which I did post. These verses which I know in song, and the song has been going through my head for much of this morning. My day has not started out so well, to be honest. I pulled a muscle in my neck yesterday and spent most of the day with a stiff neck. As such, sleep eluded me for much of the night, so I really woke up crabby. I have a few things that have to be done today, and so when I crawled out of bed, after tossing and turning with no relief, I was truly angry. I honestly cannot remember the last time I woke up angry either. Thank God for His Holy Spirit. Because as I made the coffee this morning, my internal soundtrack started playing, and there was this song.
I love it when the Holy Spirit does that. Because I'm not angry anymore. Oh, my neck, shoulders, and back are killing me, but I feel such a peace this morning. I am so grateful. So incredibly grateful, because that anger that drove me out of bed could have ruined a perfectly good and new day. But it won't, because it's been chased away by the goodness of God. His mercies are new every morning!
I love this song, because it takes a very powerful blessing from the Old Testament and puts it into music in a way that it just wants to come out. This are wonderful words to bless someone with- you can use them in the way the scripture has them, saying "Bless you and keep you" but then you can also use them yourself and make them personal- "Bless me and keep me". I am blessed, and I am kept! I am kept safe and snug in His arms of peace, and for that I am so grateful.
My prayer this morning is that this song, and these verses will be a blessing to everyone who needs them this Friday, and this weekend. Every day is a new day to discover the love of God. Every day is a new opportunity to see the wonderful world around us that He created. I pray that God will show His love to you in a new way this weekend, and that you will find rest and refreshment in His arms over the next few days.