In Psalms 34:5 we read that when the Lord’s people looked unto the face of the Lord their faces became radiant and they were not covered with shame afterwards.
We must look up to the Lord who is in the heaven when in need (Psalms 123: 1-3). Not only when in need, but we must look upon to Him all the time.
We should seek for guidance and help for all we do from the Lord. As we read in Psalms 121:1 we cannot do anything in our lives without the help of the Lord – and probably all of us know it.
In short, we must turn to the Lord for all things in our life as we read in Isaiah 45: 22.
So… what goodness do we receive when we look upon the face of the Lord?
We can receive (back) all that is lost
Let’s see the case of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:34. He became so proud of himself. His pride turned him down. Remember, the Lord hates those who are proud of themselves; the Lord is in fact against those who are proud.
Since we cannot do anything by ourselves, if we neglect Lord’s mercy and get pride, the Lord totally hates this behavior. As we read in Daniel 4:31, when the words of pride were just in Nebuchadnezzar’s lips, he way driven away from his glory.
However, finally when he looked upon the Lord, he got sane and he got back anything that he had lost.
Those things we lose in life are not lost forever. If we look up to the face of the Lord, we will surely receive them back – no matter if they are worldly possessions or spiritual gifts.
This is not only for the case of possession or spiritual gifts but also applies when it comes to our health and wellness. We know the case of Hezekiah (Isaiah 38: 1,2). We must turn our face to the Lord at times of illness or during the valley of death, if we happen to face one.
Hezekiah prayed to the Lord when his illness became severe. Actually Hezekiah was not seriously aware of his illness. But since the Lord wanted to save Hezekiah He sent Isaiah to his house and gave him a warning about his illness.
Even though Isaiah just warned him (that he is going to die) and did not suggest him a way out, Hezekiah turned towards the Lord and sought His help and mercy. And he did receive that!
The Lord changed His mind in this matter in a very short time (even before Isaiah left Hezekiah’s house). It doesn’t matter if the illness was so severe, but the Lord added 15 years to the life span of Hezekiah.
Another example in this Hannah who looked upon the Lord in order to receive a child. Hannah went to the church (Jerusalem) in order to pray to the Lord (even though she could have done that at home).
There is a key point here – the Lord wants us to worship Him as He pleases and not as we please. For instance, the Lord wanted to sacrifice Isaac in one of the mountains He told him and not in any one of the mountains. The Lord also doesn’t want us to do whatever we please on a Sabbath (say on a Sunday – or on the time we usually allot for worshiping Him – Isaiah 58: 13, 14).
So why don’t you stop worrying and do what the Lord pleases and look unto His face?