“God, mark us with grace and blessing! Smile!” Psalm 67:1
Lyricist Smokey Robinson wrote a great song, “A smile is a frown just turned upside down.” Everyone looks better with a smile, and it helps us feel better. In today’s text, according to the Psalmist, God is smiling on us as a sign of his love for us. But does God frown on us when we aren’t so lovable?
When I was a kid someone told me I had a fake smile. Since then I’ve never liked to have my picture taken. I’d practice smiling before class picture day at school, but I always ended up looking like a child in extreme distress. The pictures were even worse when I had front teeth missing, freshly permed hair, and a frilly outfit that made me look like a football player in a dress. I have a scrapbook full of pictures of my youth you will never see on Facebook!
To think God is smiling on me is enough to make me smile back, with a real smile. If God does frown on us when he sees us making the same mistakes over and over, it only takes a few muscles of prayer and repentance to turn that frown upside down into a grace-filled smile.
Dear Lord, remind me to smile at you more often. Amen.