Have you ever received words of advice or instruction which at the time seemed helpful and reasonable, but over time you have come to realise just how poignant and helpful those words have been for you?
The prayer we are looking at this week is short and simple. It was given to the priests not long after God had rescued his people from slavery and called them to be a holy nation that worships him. God’s people must have needed these poignant and helpful words many times over the ensuing centuries. So often after they had turned from God, they needed to be reminded of His blessing and peace. Do you need the reminder that God makes his face to shine upon you? Pray this prayer, treasuring in your heart the sure words of God’s gracious love for you in Christ.
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,
24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”