You can usually tell when someone feels good–or not–simply by looking at their face. Tucked away in Psalm 43:5 is an interesting look at a ‘name of God.’ The Psalmist says ‘I will praise the health of my countenance and my God.’
I find it fun to explore the roots of words and the tools of technology make that fairly easy. Here is the place I played with this verse. Here’s what I see–keeping in mind I am not a Bible Scholar, simply a lover of God.
Health in this verse is a name we know well: Yeshua. Our salvation. Face speaks to me of our direction, our future. And God is the beautiful name Elohim.
When our soul roars within us–when everything seems out of whack and not what we want, quiet peace comes to our heart and our face when we remember what Jesus already provided because it was the will of God. Let Him be the health of your countenance today!
Nothing quite captures the concept like this hymn–and the story behind it: