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May 2 Devotion: Faces In The Crowd

Faces In The Crowd

Psalm 34:1-5 [1] I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. [2] My soul shall make her boast in the Lord : the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. [3] O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. [4] I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. [5] They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

There are so many things we could pull out of these verses to look at. Do we bless and magnify the Lord the way we should? Do we praise him continually? However, what I want to focus on is verse 5. The first part of that verse tells us that you could tell those that had been with the Lord. Their faces were lightened. Have you ever noticed someone when they’ve just spent time with Jesus and the look of joy they can have on their face. Not only that, but it also says their faces were not ashamed! Our faces can tell a lot about a person. At some point we’ve all people watched and tried to read someone else’s face. Tried to determine if they are happy, sad, burdened, etc. Our own face can show others things about us. Ever had someone ask you if something was bothering you because you have a distant look on your face? What do you think a preacher sees while he’s preaching? I do my best at times to not look at faces while preaching. You can see some people that are hanging on every word. People that look overjoyed to be in church. However, you’ll see all kinds of things that can discourage you. You can see people that look like they are nodding off. You can see people trying to talk to their neighbor. Some will have that distant look on their face. You’ll even see some with just the look of disgust on their face. I’m sure there are some preachers that those looks have no affect on them. Some though it can have an affect. When you’re preaching your heart out with what God has given you and some look completely disinterested, it can be discouraging. What is your face showing the preacher when he’s trying to deliver what God has given him? Does your face encourage or discourage?

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson


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