The Presence of God

Psalm 139:7
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

We spent time on Sunday looking at verses 1-12 in this wonderful Psalm (Psalm 139).  These verses indicate that with God we can run but we can’t hide.  God is wanting to be intimately engaged with our world, our lives, our concerns, our joy.

 We often feel that God is far from us. That somehow he isn’t interested in us, but this Psalm says He is. We cannot get away from the presence of God. The term used to describe this is that God is omnipresent, He is everywhere. It reminds us that the world, the whole of creation is His.

There are times though when we want to hide from God. Adam and Eve did it. Having had the most intimate of relationships with God, they acted in such a way that they spoiled that relationship. BUT God didn’t give up on them. He looked for them. He took the initiative to find them. God always takes the initiative. We don’t make friends with God, He makes friends with us – He has acted first.

The Gospel story is again of God taking the initiative to bring us back into His presence. He did it by sending Jesus. He did it again by sending his Holy Spirit.

We can run but we can’t hide. BUT we can choose to be in relationship with God and enjoy His presence.

As you go further through Psalm 139 we are reminded that despite what we think of ourselves, and why we might think of ourselves the way we do, God loves us, He knows us.

Will we take time to build that relationship with God that is for our good?

This week take time to read the Bible and meditate on it. Read a passage slowly, look for words or phrases that stand out to you. Put yourself in the passage, make yourself the object of what is being said, and allow God to speak to you.

He loves you and wants what is best for you.