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God's Smile: For Our Understanding and Appreciation

Updated on June 12, 2018
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MsDora, seven-year online writer, shares poetry, creative writing, quotes and reflections on how writing and writers influence our lives.

Have you ever thought of God as smiling? It may be easier to imagine Him being a serious judge, an angry parent or a disappointed friend dealing with our delinquent behavior; but in keeping with His character of love, compassion and forgiveness, the vision of a smiling God is appropriate.

What the old King James Version of the Bible refers to as God’s face shining upon us (Numbers 6:25) or as “the light of His countenance” (Psalm 4: 6), is translated in newer versions as His smile.

From the following five verses in the New Living Translation, we can deduce that His smiles (symbolized by light in the older versions) represent His grace, His favor or approval. When we demonstrate love, respect and trust toward Him, He is pleased (Psalm 147:11) and He smiles.


References to God's Smile

  • (1) May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. (Numbers 6: 25)

As part of the Old Testament benediction at the end of the daily service, the priest was asking for God to reveal Himself to the people [as opposed to hiding His face in a cloud], and give them direction for the day. (Matthew Poole's Commentary)


  • (2) May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. (Psalm 67: 1)

An echo of the priestly blessing [Numbers 6:24, 25] but not necessarily uttered by a priest. (Pulpit Commentary)


  • (3) Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven. (Psalm 85:11)

"There was an anxiety, so to speak, to come to the earth - to meet the human need. As the rain and the sunbeams seem anxious to bestow their blessings on man, so God seems anxious to bestow on man the blessings of salvation." (Barnes' Notes)


  • (4) When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a spring rain. (Proverbs 16: 15)

God's favor is compared with the spring rain of March and April in Palestine, which brings fertility and vigor, causing the grains to swell and ripen. (Pulpit Commentary)


  • (5) O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary. (Daniel 9: 17)

The temple walls had been demolished, its altars destroyed and that looked to the people like God frowning on them. Daniel was praying that the favor of His smile would make a way for the restoration of the temple and worship.(Gill's Exposition)


Poem: Lord Give Us Your Smile

The poem is a prayer for God's smile throughout the day. It is inspired by Psalm 4:6 (NLT):

Let your face smile on us, Lord.

The author has a heart to please God by recognizing and trusting His guidance at the beginning and the start of the day and every moment in between. The prayer does not presume that we always deserve God's smile, but that His smile will provide some encouragement to please Him. It expresses appreciation for His divine favor.

At Sunrise

"One Minute Before Sunrise in Joshua Tree California" by Jessie Eastland
"One Minute Before Sunrise in Joshua Tree California" by Jessie Eastland | Source
We begin a new journey when the new day starts;
Yesterday’s steps recede as night departs;
We face today with the understanding
That brand new challenges may be pending.
We do our devotion and our meditation;
We give You the control of our situation;
And it boosts our faith if just for a while,
We envision Your fatherly face with a smile.
Your smile gives direction; Your smile bestows joy;
Your smile provides courage over fears that annoy;
Your smile imparts strength for the daily mile;
With the gift of a new day, Lord, give us Your smile.

At Midday

"A horse hiding from the midday sun" by breki74
"A horse hiding from the midday sun" by breki74 | Source
As the day progresses and our work takes it toll,
We input our influence on history’s scroll.
We try to lift the burdens of others,
Regardless whether they’re foes or brothers.
We do what we can and we hope that we’re right;
But we make errors, some are plain oversight.
It helps to prevent us from feeling vile
If we know You watch over us with a smile.
Your smile says You’ll complete what You started in us;
Your smile makes us lessen our worries and fuss;
Your smile proves our efforts are not futile;
In the heat of the workday, Lord, give us Your smile.

At Sunset

"California High Desert Summer Sunset" by Jessie Eastland
"California High Desert Summer Sunset" by Jessie Eastland | Source
And when the day ends and the time comes to retire
From the hustle and bustle of labor for hire;
We may rest and reflect on the impact we made,
And wonder if we caused Your smile to fade.
The words that we’ve spoken, and the deeds we’ve done;
Do not count for credit; their sum total is none.
We trust in Your grace, and record in Your file,
That we crave Your blessing and Your smile.

Your smile reminds us of Your love and Your grace;
Your smile urges our hearts to put You in first place;
Your smile is enduring; our lives are fragile
At the end of life’s day, Lord give us Your smile.

© 2012 Dora Weithers

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    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Skye, thanks for your kind comment. Read your poem and you did an amazing job. I love you, too.

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      skye2day 

      5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      msdora This is a beautiful, moving heartfelt lovely poem dear sister. I savored the words. They flow like the fresh living waters. God smiles on this one indeed. It is stunning. I am so grateful I landed here for this blessed read. I did not realize you were such a poet. Imagine I did not know it. Love you sister. Skye. Linked out.

      I just published a new poem do come for a visit when you have a minute. Hugs to you.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for your comment, wtaylorjr. Glad you believe in the effects of God's smile. Just as an observation (no argument here): It seems that to believe that He smiles is to believe that He exists. Just couldn't resist. I respect your position.

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      William H Taylor 

      5 years ago from Binghamton NY

      There is an important lesson here. I have seen many arguments about the existence of God. Some claim to be true scientist and state they do not believe in God. Some claim to be believers and claim the do not believe in the fruits of science, the most obvious being evolution. To me, whether or not God exists is irrelevant, the only relevant thing is what you wrote. To paraphrase, the affects of his smile can relieve pain, can inspire action, can render guidance to those who believe. I neither believe God exists, nor believe God doesn't exist as I simply don't know. I do know the effects of God on others and in some cases I do approve, I believe those cases are vital to our survival. Those are the cases that you have given a rule to discover here.

      Thank you for this post, it is both beautiful and useful, so in all awesome!

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sure DDE. Every day has its purpose and seeing God's smile helps us through..

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks and so true we experience these days for a reason

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Miscellanea, thanks for reading and sharing. So happy that you like it; hope the people with whom you share also find some benefit from it.

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      Tarik Aarbaoui 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      Oh reminding us of God :) Thank you so much for this spiritual hub, which I love so much and must be shared in my facebook, twitter, tumblr and dunno what :) thx

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      Huntgoddess 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks so much for this reminder, MsDora. Many folks seem to feel that He is just full of punishments for us.

      Laughter is the best medicine also. Therefore, it must be from Him!

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      C-M, you go right on, laughing. There isn't a verse that talks about God laughing, but He made laughter, and He gives us reason to laugh. In the book of Proverbs it says that a merry heart has medicinal value, and in Psalm 126 says: "our mouth filled with laughter (because) the Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad."

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      Huntgoddess 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Same to you, Ms. Dora. I like to reread this beautiful poem over and over. It makes me feel so much better.

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      CMarie 

      5 years ago from York, Maine

      MsDora thank you for your lovely, inspiring poetry and information regarding the smiling. I once looked up if Jesus ever joked or smiled, laughed and all I got was that he may have smirked. I'm laughing all the time so it made me feel a bit idiotic. Maybe I am sometimes too much of the world, however, all I have to do is take a look around and I can't help but to laugh. I thank God every day for the opportunity to maybe be of service somewhere and pray that it's of a humorous endeavor ... Sometimes I get truly blessed. - Cher

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Treasuresofheaven, for reminding me that He's smiling right now. I appreciate your comment.

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      Sima Ballinger 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      So tender and thoughtful. I love this. One of my favorite lines is, " Your smile imparts strength for the extra mile." This poem is powerpacked will the knowledge of what it means to have God's smile. I think he's smiling at you right now!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, BlossomSB! I appreciate your comments. God's blessings on you too!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely concept presented in a beautiful, thoughtful poem. Thank you for the reminder and may God bless you.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sunnie Day,

      Cloud Explorer,

      Huntgoddess

      Your Cousins,

      Thanks to you all for reading and leaving such encouraging comments. Hope the vision of God's smile stays with you forever.

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      Your Cousins 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is very well rhymed and I love the way you organized it to cover a full day. I also found your scriptural interpretation to be very thought-provoking. I know God is smiling on me today!

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      Huntgoddess 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thank you s0 much for this reminder. I love Sunnie Day's comment, and agree with all she says.

      God bless, Ms. Dora. Up, awesome, beautiful.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks MsDora for making me smile, as you wrote so elegantly about Go'd smile and the beauty of life that he has blessed us all with to have.

      I am so over joyed to know that I am alive, well and breathing and to top it off I have a loving family that helps me bring out my very own smiles even more, just as God smiles back at us for loving one another.

      I hope all people worldwide can give this poem of yours a try, and to see such a radiant light someday as you have, and for them all to be able to become happy for once and also be brought to a smile for knowing that all is well, and simply living life is enough to be happy about.

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      Sunnie Day 

      5 years ago

      Oh MsDora this was absolutely beautiful...I always picture my Father God as smiling. It is his nature, his whole being is absolute love. I found such comfort reading this wonderful hub and will share. Thank you for a gifted piece that will be read in even the darkest of days for many, bringing comfort over and over again.

      Love,

      Sunnie

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