When I give my Christian testimony, this is what I say: “There are two things I have never experienced. I have never been alone and I have never been without hope.”
How can I say that? Is it Scriptural?
I love Psalm 139. This psalm speaks of our intimate experience with God. It describes how God is with us and that He will never leave us.
The writer of this psalm marvels at the God of Israel. He is astounded that no matter where he goes, he will not be alone. Neither will you. God will be with you.
God is not limited by time, space, or distance. Those are all human limitations, but they are not divine limitations.
The psalmist was afraid that he might go to a place without God, but he recognized that could not happen.
He questioned God: “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” God’s answer was graphic and powerful: “If I ascend to heaven, thou art there! If I make my bed in Sheol, thou are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there thy hand shall lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, ‘Let only darkness cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to thee, the night is bright as the day; for darkness is as light with thee” (Psalm 139: 7-12).
Whether high or low, right or left, God would be present with His people. The Psalmist may also have been using the points of the compass (high=north, depths=south, dawn=east, sea=west) to illustrate the faithfulness of God to be with His people.
Right now, people in my congregation are experiencing times of great stress. From the death of a spouse to the illness of children, they are experiencing difficult times. But God is faithful. We cannot, thankfully, get away from the presence of God. He is faithful. He will be with His people.
Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:31-38).
In the darkest of times, God is greater than the darkness. You can count on Him!
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