God is always there…

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Psalm 139: 7 Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. 

There are two things that strike me about this passage. First, there are the theological implications of the text. Here’s a note I wrote about this text some years ago:

There is no where we go where God is not. Even in the dark places, God is there. This is exceptional because in ancient days it was often understood that gods only had power in the geographical area where they were worshipped. Hence, when one went far from the place where a god was worshipped, the god would have little or no power. Our God is different in that his power extends to all places. Geographical distance is of no consequence to the God who created heaven and earth.

This is one way of articulating how our God is above all gods on earth and in heaven, for there is only one true God.

The second thing that strikes me is more pastoral than theological. It is comforting to know that our God is always present, even in the dark places, even in the dark times when I feel utterly alone. I am never truly alone. Ever. Nor are you, brothers and sisters in Christ. We would do well to remember that today.

Heavenly Father thank you for your presence with us now and always. Give us grace that we might discern your presence somehow, in a tangible way. Let that be a comfort to those struggling with a sense of loneliness of abandonment. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

One thought on “God is always there…

  1. Lyn Zastrow

    I found you thoughts interesting. When I read it my thought that God was present even in Hell – which I assumed Sheol was. You forced me to look it up and there are some different interpretations based on period. While hell is one interpretation – a place for all dead (wicked and moral – but we all have sinned and moral is subjective) to go. I guess there may be no ‘darker place’ as you put it than death for most people.

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