Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? ~Psalm 139:7
Have you ever been at a place in your life where you wanted to run and hide? Perhaps you felt guilty about something wrong that you did, or you were going through very difficult problems. Whatever it may have been, you might have thought about going away where no one would know you. David felt like that on more than one occasion. In Ps. 139, he wrote about the omnipresence of God: that God is everywhere at all times. This morning, let us consider the thought: “You can’t run, and you can’t hide.”
We see the unchangeable FACT.
“If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” David came to the conclusive understanding that there is nowhere any of us can run or hide from God. He repeatedly says, “Thou art there.” This is a comprehensive thought. God is everywhere. He knows who we are and where we are. When David ran from Saul and came to Achish of Gath, God was there. When David was in the cave of Adullam, God was there. This is a convicting thought. David thought he could hide his sins from his kingdom when he fell into terrible sin, but God was there. There was nowhere in God’s creation that David could hide. In a similar application, we cannot hide from God either. No one who is saved can flee from the Holy Spirit or the presence of God.
We see the unprofitable FUTILITY.
David tried running from God, but he could not. He tried hiding by joining forces with the enemy, but he couldn’t. It is futile and in vain for us to run from God. Whenever we try to run and hide from God, He is always there. No problem is bigger than God. It is futile for us to try to run from our responsibilities. It is futile for us to try to conceal our sins: He knows what we have done. Jonah found a ship going to Tarshish. He thought he could flee God’s presence by paying the fare and hiding beneath the top deck, but he could not. We are fooling ourselves to think we can outsmart God by running from Him. It is utterly futile for any of us to run and hide from the Lord.
We see the undeserving FAVOR.
David finally came to the realization that God loved him. God was there for David even when he did not deserve God’s mercies. God held David by the hand and lifted him up when he faced his most trying circumstance. He learned that in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there would he be led by the hand of God. David said, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” We do not deserve God’s love for us, but He loves us regardless. God does not want us to run from Him, but rather to run to Him. God does not want us to hide from our problems, but rather, God wants us to allow Him to work in spite of the problem. David realized that the loving favor of God sought his restoration and viability in serving the Lord.
David came to the realization we all must come to: you can’t run, and you can’t hide! Stop running from the problems that are pulling you down, and realize that God has a unique purpose in store for you. Don’t be a coward and try to cover up the shame of sin in your life. None of us can flee from His presence. Come to Him with an honest and contrite spirit. Experience the warmth of His restoration and the joy of fellowship with God once again. His presence affords us peace. His presence affords us protection. His presence gives us strength and assurance. He is with us always, even to the end of the world!
Have a confident God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Deuteronomy 24-27