God commanded Moses to instruct the High Priest to speak a blessing over Godâ€™s people. History tells us that this special blessing was recited every evening at the conclusion of the daily sacrifices. In ancient times, a blessing was the primary method of asking Godâ€™s divine favor to rest upon others. The words of the daily blessingâ€”selected by God Himselfâ€”are a beautiful reminder to us today of what God desires to do in our lives each and every day.
Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV) The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
God desires to: (1) bless and keep usâ€”give us favor and protection, (2) shine His face upon usâ€”give us the spiritual light of truth to direct and guide us, (3) be gracious to usâ€”show us His mercy and compassion, (4) lift His countenance upon usâ€”look cheerfully, pleasingly and approvingly upon our righteousness, and (5) give us peaceâ€”both internal peace of mind and peace with Him.