Biblical Reflections: Psalm 139:7-10

Psalm 139:7-10 – Whither shall I go from thy spirit or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

God’s hand is not shortened today.  He is just as real and present as ever. While our sins separate us from the joy of His salvation, the Good Shepherd is always ready to retrieve the one out of the ninety and nine. Theologians call this characteristic omnipresence, and it is both comforting and unsettling.

The idea that God is near in moments of trouble calms the worrying heart. However, the notion that God is watching even our sinful activities should make us pause and fear His Almighty power.

Finally, there are many today that doubt the presence of God, because they cannot see Him.  They say that seeing is believing.  These individuals turn a blind eye to the miraculous nature of the universe and the immediate world around them.  Such people have always existed, and Paul addressed them in his letter to the Romans, saying, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:18-21).

Despite the attacks of the disputers of this world, believers can rest assured of the presence of God in faith.  “…Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29b).

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