I received a comment on the post from July 3rd from a friend of mine. She mentioned that when she read a particular phrase in the scriptures referenced in the blog that day, that it brought a smile to her face. It had done the same for me. Often as I am reading the scriptures I come across a word or a phrase that brings a smile to my face. Usually ends up in the next blog post 🙂
Why do I smile?
Usually the reason I smile, is because something I just read, told me something about my God that is precious, beautiful, lovely. Something that makes me smile when I think about God saying this or doing this.
Today the phrase that made me smile came from 2 Kings 20. King Hezekiah had just been told by the prophet Isaiah that he would die due to the illness he had contracted. It tells us in verse two, that when he heard this King Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, then prayed and cried unto God.
Before he even makes it out of the courtyard, Isaiah is told to return to the king and give him another message from God.
This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears…” (2 Kings 2:6, NLT)
This brought a smile to my face. The King of the Universe turned His ear towards earth, looked and saw a man, praying and crying unto Him.
It goes on to say that the LORD said He would heal Hezekiah and add fifteen years to his life. Through the prophet He also gave the king’s servants some instruction on how to make an ointment for his ailment. God also said He would rescue and defend Hezekiah and the city from their enemies.
All very good news, but I like it so much when I come across a little something in the scriptures that paints a picture of God that puts a smile on my face and brings joy to my heart.
Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God – soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God. (Psalm 42:5, The Message)
…In Your presence is fullness of joy… (Psalm 16:11, NKJV)