The Lord’s Presence

Psalm 139:7-12–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. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hides not from thee; but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

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David said in this Psalm, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit”?  We cannot flee from His presence?  He is with us no matter how high or how low we go.  If we travel to the uttermost parts of the sea; even there He will lead us and He will hold us up by His mighty strength.  The darkness will not cover us for it shall be as the day before God.  The darkness and the light are both alike to Him.

God is present everywhere and nothing hinders Him from seeing us.  He who created animals that have night vision has far greater capability.  For the creature is not greater than the creator or the clay greater than the potter.  No the darkness and the light are the same to Him.

David speaks out of his own experience.  He has known the presence of the Lord in his life in a dramatic way.  The Lord’s presence was known to him in the high points of his life and in the low points, in his ups and in his downs.  He felt the eyes of the Lord on him in the darkness and was aware of the Lord’s presence there.  David knew that the Lord was with him to lead him and to protect him.  He felt secure in the Lord’s presence.

Jesus said, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).  He has said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).  We are assured of the Lord’s presence.  We have His word that he will not forsake us to the things we have to face in this life.  He will be with us in our ups and in our downs.  If we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8). As David experienced the Lord’s presence in his life, we can also.  He felt the Lord leading him and protecting him and we can experience this in our lives as well.