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Prayer for God's Smile Throughout the Day
Lord, Give Us Your Smile
Let your face smile on us, Lord. Psalm 4:6 (NLT)
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.
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.
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.
References to God's Smile
- May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. (Numbers 6: 25)
- May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. (Psalm 67: 1)
- Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven. (Psalm 85:11)
- When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a spring rain. (Proverbs 16: 15)
- 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)
God is love. Love smiles and touches the object of love in the same caring way as a tender embrace. God’s smile is the most favorable of all, and for those who develop a close relationship with Him, it means the world.
Smile on Us, Lord solicits God’s smile as He gives direction at the start of the day; when we need a boost in the middle of the day; when we need His approval at the end of the workday. And we certainly will need His smile at the end of our lives.
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.
Preachers who had only the old version may not have ventured off far enough from the literal meaning of the text to interpret that shining light as God’s smile. However, in keeping with His character of love and compassion, the vision of a smiling God is appropriate.
Enjoy some of other verses in which the New Living Translation of the Bible mentions God's smile.
© 2012 Dora Weithers