Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You [are] there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You [are there]. 9 [If] I take the wings of the morning, [And] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light [are] both alike [to You].PSALM 139:7-12
GOD IS OMNIPRESENT
God is Omnipresent which means that God is fully present everywhere and at all times. There isn’t a square inch of creation in which He is not fully present. Our experience of His presence may be different. In some “places” such as Heaven, those who are there are fully embraced by His love and conversely those who are present in Hell face His Justice and Wrath.
He is more fully present in this place and at this moment than I am. Should we be able to run from this place at the “speed of light” (the “wings of morning” is a metaphorical way of speaking about the speed at which light crosses the horizon at sunrise), God is already there. He is in the depth of the sea. He is on the highest mountain. He isn’t just present in places at certain times, but he is present in every place and at every time.
Even in the moments that I don’t feel His presence or can’t see Him anywhere, God is there. And that should provoke our hearts to prayer and worship. We can pray to God any where because he is everywhere.
[Jhn 4:23-24 NKJV] 23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 “God [is] Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Just because we have access to worship God from anywhere doesn’t mean that we should worship God according to our own mechanisms or desires. Folks have used these verses to suggest a “saltwater gospel” where were worship creation rather than the creator. The point of this Psalm is to say that God can find us anywhere. Indeed, it was Jonah who professed a “saltwater gospel” and fled to the sea to get away from the presence of God, but there Jonah found out that God was present in a storm, the sea, and a fish. God is everywhere, but sometimes He has called us to be somewhere in particular and if that’s the case, we should go! And we should go with the confidence that God is already where He has called us to go!
What a comfort that even in the darkness, God is there. The darkness is as light to Him. He is not detoured. What a comfort that must have been for poor Jonah who centuries after this Psalm was written, finds himself in the darkness inside a fish… What a comfort to us no matter what we go through to know that God is already there and we can call out to him!
Father, Thank you for your incredible presence. I am so grateful that you are everywhere. I can never outrun you. I can never go so far that you aren’t there to see me. I am grateful that we can call out to you no matter where we are and know that you are near. I am grateful that you are a full time, ever present, always near and on time God. Give me grace to trust you and never doubt your character. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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