Where can I go to escape your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I fly on the wings of the dawn
and settle down on the western horizon,
even there your hand will lead me;
your right hand will hold on to me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light around me will be night”—
even the darkness is not dark to you.
The night shines like the day;
darkness and light are alike to you. (Psalm 139:7-12)
Yesterday, we saw how this psalm began with a celebration of God’s omniscience, the fact that God knows everything about us. Here we see that God is always with us wherever we go. On one side of this truth, we realize that we cannot escape God. We are foolish if we, like the prophet Jonah, try to run from God. But on the other side, it is sweet to know that God is always with us.
Lord God, thank you that you are always with me. Teach me to continually rely upon you in all matters of my life, whatever I face, and wherever I go.
Day by day and moment by moment, we can practice the presence of God. We tend to focus our attention on God when we are attending worship or in a Bible study, but then our attention can quickly fade. God desires to be with us at all times and in all activities, such as when we are washing the dishes or changing the oil in the car. God wants us to rely upon Him in the great matters of our lives, but also the small ones. God is the God of the macro world, the stars, solar systems, and galaxies, but God is also the God of the micro world, the atoms, and sub-atomic particles. So our communion with God can be continual in all matters, both great and small. We can rely upon God in the great decision of life, such as getting married or having children, and also the small things, such as what color of paint to choose for the powder room. So learn to trust God in all things and at all times, and you will experience the great joy of His abiding presence.