Face Up

David uses exultant language to describe the person who lives in an awareness of God’s presence, happy, rejoice, exult, glorious. He pulls out all the stops, piling word upon word to put together sentences that might at least hint at the joy of walking in the light of the Lord’s presence.

The Hebrew word most often translated “presence” is the word for face. It is the word used in the second time of today’s verses. it means intimate presence, being face-to-face. The light in the Kingdom is Jesus. Paul writes that the light, is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6) God gives us the light of His glory in the face of Jesus.

An emerging science is the study of facial communication, or what you might call “seeing the voice.” Studies done on infants eighteen to twenty weeks old show that even at a paralinguistic age, babies read facial expressions to understand speech. A thought or emotion registers on the face before any words that are spoken. In other words, a face registers the true emotion, even if the words are meant to mask the emotion.

Facial Action Coding System, a highly specific science that maps the facial muscles, allows specialists to read a person’s face and know his or her thoughts. Even through the subject can learn to rearrange his face quickly to mask emotion, the true emotion always registers in the face, even if only fleetingly.

A person’s face speaks without words. The most intimate communication is facial communication. And God promises us His presence, His face.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends


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