Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Today, we are continuing to look at Psalm 139. As we said on July 5, Psalm 139 was written by King David of Israel. We will go through verses 7 to 14 verse by verse. Starting in verses 7-8, David writes this about God, "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there." You see, there is not a single place on Earth that you can go without God being present, there is not a single place above the earth or below the earth that you can go without God being present. God has a characteristic known as omnipresence, which is a big word that means his whole being is fully present everywhere at the same time. It's not that a part of God is over here, and another part is over here. No, he is fully present everywhere at the same time. That is such a comforting thought for me and I'm encouraged by that, because I can never be without the presence of God in my life. That's what David is saying. He asks, "Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?" The answer is "Nowhere."
In verse nine, David continues, "If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." No matter where you go, no matter how early in the day it is, or how late in the evening, no matter how close you are, or how far (even to the furthest point out in the sea), God will always be with you, to guide you and protect you. His hand his right hand, which is the hand of his favor, will be upon you. He will hold you fast, he will not delay.
David continues in verse 11. He says, 'If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.' You see, God even sees you in the darkness. Darkness is dark to us humans, but is not dark to God. It's almost like he has night goggles on. When it's dark to us, we may not be able to see anything around us, but God sees you. He sees you. His light is upon you, and he will see you and will let his light shine upon you, even though you can't necessarily see it. He has his light on you. Again, that is a comforting thought for me to know that every move that you make, every move that I make, God knows exactly where we are. It's not in a weird way, though. Remember that Police song from the 80s, "Every Breath You Take"? It was sort of like someone following you, almost like in a creeper sense. But no, David is talking about God's loving hand there to guide you and lead you no matter where you go. You see, no place is unfamiliar to God. He has loving eyes looking on you for your best interest, to guide you and lead you through every moment of life. I hope you find encouragement in that today.
Let's pray knowing that God knows every move we make. Father, we thank you because you know exactly where we are at all times. We can never escape your loving presence. May that give us encouragement today, may it give us courage when we're scared to face the things that are ahead of us in our day. May we take encouragement knowing you're right there with us, right by our side, going through this with you, with your hand upon us. Thank you Father for this, in Jesus' name. Amen. Remember, don't just have a great day, go and make a great day.