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    Wednesday, 9 August 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional August 10, 2017 — Our Father’s Face

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Topic: Our Father’s Face



     August 10, 2017

    Read: Psalm 80 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 79–80; Romans 11:1–18
    Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:3
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    I remember my father’s face. It was hard to read. He was a kind man, but stoic and self-contained. As a child, I often searched his face, looking for a smile or other show of affection. Faces are us. A frown, a sullen look, a smile, and crinkly eyes reveal what we feel about others. Our faces are our “tell.”

    Asaph, the author of Psalm 80, was distraught and wanted to see the Lord’s face. He looked north from his vantage point in Jerusalem and saw Judah's sister-state, Israel, collapse under the weight of the Assyrian Empire. With her buffer state gone, Judah was vulnerable to invasion from all sides—Assyria from the north, Egypt from the south, and the Arab nations from the east. She was outnumbered and outmatched.

    Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:3
    Asaph gathered up his fears in a prayer, three times repeated (80:3, 7, 19), “Make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” (Or, in other words, let me see Your smile.)
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    It’s good to look away from our fears and search our heavenly Father’s face. The best way to see God’s face is to look at the cross. The cross is His “tell” (John 3:16).

    So know this: When your Father looks at you, He has a great big smile on His face. You’re very safe!

    Ask God to shine His face on you. For further help in prayer, try praying this Psalm or others.


    God’s love for us is as expansive as the open arms of Christ on the cross.

    By David H. Roper
    INSIGHT:
    Today’s psalm asks God to restore Israel—to make His face shine on them so they may be saved. Where have you seen God’s hand saving and restoring you and your loved ones? 

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    Our Daily Bread is a devotional calendar-style booklet published by Our Daily Bread Ministries (formerly RBC Ministries) in over 55 languages.[1] The booklet is one of the most widely read Christian devotionals in circulation today. It was first published in April 1956 and includes writing about the Bible and insights into Christian living. The booklet's title originates from a line of the Lord's Prayer. The contents include a Bible passage and a relevant article for each day of the year. It is written by a different author each day, and also features additional Bible passages for people following Our Daily Bread's "Bible In One Year" reading program.

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