Imagine seeing everyone, even those closest to you, as strangers! Those dealing with the neurological disorder “prosopagnosia” or face blindness, sometimes do not even recognize their own faces in the mirror! Those who have this disorder use other techniques to distinguish people including: voice, gait, hairstyle, clothing, body type or context. Brad Pitt and Jane Goodall are among the 2.5% of Americans who suffer from this problem, which sometimes runs in families. Not remembering names can be annoying but how much worse this would be!
Today’s verse comes from the longest psalm in the Bible. The author values God’s law and precepts more than life and makes following them his life’s mission. With the same ardor he seeks God’s face with all of his heart. And in seeking God’s face he asks for God to remember His promises and be gracious to him. One of His promises is that the upright or those in right standing with Him will see His face (Psalm 11:7). To those who wholeheartedly seek Him, He reveals Himself, His character and His love. He is the rewarded of those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
He is worth the effort of seeking and searching! He rewards such effort with more and more revelation of Himself! Nothing on earth can compare to Him. I cannot see His face with anything but spiritual eyes. But one day I will be face-to-face in His literal presence. But even today I can recognize His face shining on me (Numbers 6:25) when I see all the ways He has been gracious to me. With all my heart I want to seek His face more today than I did yesterday.
Lord, help me recognize Your face.