The LORD bless you, and keep you; the LORD cause His face to shine on you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His face to you, and give you peace … invoke My name … and I then will bless them. – Numbers 6:24-27 NASB
As Israel’s first high priest, Aaron had the responsibility to pray for God’s people. His prayers were so important to God that He gave Aaron the specific words to pray.
First, he was to pray that God would bless and keep the Israelites in every situation. No matter what problems they faced, He was with them and wanted to bless them.
They did not need to be discouraged, for His face would shine upon them. This was a promise of direction and guidance. It assured them He knew every situation and the road ahead. If they had needs, He wanted them to know He would be gracious to them.
The Hebrew word here demonstrates how much God wanted to bless them and be merciful to them. It was as if He were pleading with them to believe Him, to realize just how much He wanted to help them.
God wanted Aaron and his sons to pray this prayer, so they would invoke His name in Israel. By speaking this prayer, His name would be placed on His people. Then He would bless them.
This prayer expresses God’s desire for you. No matter what you face, you do not have to be discouraged, afraid, worried, or anxious. May these words help you realize just how much He wants to bless and keep you. His face is shining on you, and He wants to give you His peace