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And God Is There February 24, 2010

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24 February 2010
Psalm 139
Our basic understanding of God is that He is above and that we are below and Satan is below that. This is a very Hebrew perception. The reality is that the spiritual dimension exists all around us all the time. It is hidden from our view, but not from God. God sees all things. He also sees all times. God is eternal and sees the beginning from the end with equal clarity. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He saw us before we were. He sees us after we are dead and gone. He sees all our life in between. He knows who we would have been had our lives been different. He knows what the outcome of any major decision would have been had we chosen it instead of the one we did choose. We have all had them. We come to a pivotal point of decision, a crossroads that will forever change our lives. Who would I have been if I would have done thus? Where would I be now if I would have gone there? We don’t know the outcome of what could have been, but God does. Just like the lyrics from an FFH song say, “I believe I will see what I would have been if You hadn’t saved me, one of these days.” God sees and knows it all. He knows when we sit and when we rise. He knows our motives. He knows our attitudes. He knows our hearts. He knows, whether we communicate it in words or not. There is no where we can go to hide from God. Jonah learned this in the belly of the fish. God was there too. Nothing can hide us from His discipline. Nothing can shield us from His sight. Even the deepest darkness of night is as noonday to God. When we come to the place of acceptance we realize that God is. He is here, there, everywhere; knows all, sees all… Where could we flee from His presence? Why would you want to? These verses are not intended to make us feel insecure or unsafe. We are not supposed to become paranoid because He is always watching us. Rather, we can know that God loves us so much and knows us so well that He saw us at the point of our greatest need. The need for a Savior. We all like sheep have gone astray. We existed in our sin until God did something. God made a way where there was no way. He sent Jesus to die for our sins that we might be set free from the punishment of sin. We have only to respond. After that we are guided and protected by God. We are also lead and disciplined. We pray, we worship, we love God and tell others. As we go we encounter God. He leads, we follow. There is conviction and correction along the way. We choose to ignore it or change. But few are brave enough to ask for God to show them their shortcomings. If you are willing, pray the end of this psalm for yourself. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me to the way everlasting.” God will respond. What will you do?

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