The Health of Our Countenance

Michael Beck

“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.” (Psalm 34:4,5)

Our face is our face, it only changes with age. Our countenance though is the expression on our face and can change from one moment to the next. Whether we like it or not, our countenance reveals what is happening in our soul. We can wear a worried look that we’re not even aware of. The Psalmist knew that what was happening in his soul was affecting his face: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 42:11)

Truly, God is the “health of our countenance.” The more we walk with Him the more peace He brings to our spirit. We are so prone to anxiety and agitation about any number of things. If we would seek Him He would deliver us from all of our fears. If we would look to Him He would help us “lighten up.” By His Spirit He helps us to know the relative importance of any given thing; He calls to us to let go of things we can’t change; He whispers us a reminder when we’re making small things too big. As we listen to Him, our face is the beneficiary of a newfound calm in our spirit.

Look to Him and be lightened.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.