September 16, 2009
“It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.” Psalm 44:3
Some of the best parenting advice I ever got was to realize how important it is to light up when your kids walk in the room. The smile of approval answers the question, “Am I wanted here? Am I in the way? Is anyone glad I’m around?” How many times I’ve failed at this. The disappointed look to the child that woke up too early or interrupted a moment of quiet, can speak volumes to a child.
I’m not sure we ever outgrow it really. I’m the first one to look for a smiling face in a crowded room. I still want to know that I belong, that I’m wanted there.
This verse conveys how God the Father lights up when His kids walk in the room. The word “loved” here means “to be pleased, to delight in, accept, to be favored, be esteemed, to be accepted, to enjoy, to regain favor.” The Heavenly Father lights up when we walk into the room because he delights in us. He favors us. He enjoys us!
We are victorious because we are loved. Love changes everything, doesn’t it?
by Angela Gifford
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