Many people say, "Who will show us better times?" Let the smile of your face shine on us, Lord. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and wine. Psalm 4: 6-7 NLT
The focus of these verses turns from community happiness (God's smiling face shines on us) to individual joy (you have given me greater joy than those who have abundance).
What is the difference?
God smiles on the whole community but only after many people are wondering when they will have better times. Lately there has been one of those "pass it on" comments on a certain social media about how bad things are right now: the economy, gas prices, etc. People seem to be asking for God's smiling face.
This scripture indicates that God is smiling on us but only some are aware of God's happy countenance. Those are the individuals who are filled with God's joy independent of how things in life are going. They may not be bringing in the big harvest, but they are still content and happy at a much deeper level than others.
So where do you fit right now? Are you looking for better times? Or are you full of God's joy?
God, let the smile of your face shine on us. Give us greater joy than those who have abundance. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims