“The LORD bless you and keep you …and make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you …” (v25). God commanded the priests to extend His blessing to the people of Israel (v23). Just as His original intention for humanity was completely good, His desire for Israel was that they would thrive under His care in the Promised Land. God’s face “shining” on His people meant that they would enjoy His favor, His loving help, as the whole community obeyed God’s laws and worshipped Him.
“The Lord … give you peace” (v26). The more we trust God and turn away from sin, the more we recognize that His plan is to bring us peace and abundant life.