Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Psalm 139:7-12

Psalm 139:7-12 
English Standard Version (ESV)

  Here, we find one of the most comforting passages in all of Scripture.  In this section of the Psalm, David acknowledges that there is nowhere he can go where God is not already there.  In the heavens, where we expect to find God, God is there.  But then, David goes on -- in Sheol, the darkness of death, God is there.  In the depths of the sea, God is there.  In utter darkness, God is there, for in the darkest places of our lives, the light of God still shines, and John tells us that the darkness cannot overcome the light.
 David was a man who knew the darkness.  He had plenty of things in his life of which to be ashamed, and yet he developed an awareness that God met him in those dark places.  We cannot flee from God, and we need not flee from God -- even the darkest moments of our lives can be redeemed by the incredible grace and love of God, which is demonstrated by Christ on the cross.  We do not need to turn away from God, ashamed of who we are or what we've done -- if we try, we find that God is there, too, arms open wide in love. 
  So may we run to God, with the expectation of forgiveness, allowing us to have hope beyond measure, even in the worst of our moments, with the confidence that comes from Christ alone.

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