7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
- Day 1 of the Psalm 139 Devotional- “Search me, God, and Know My Heart.”
- Day 2 of the Psalm 139 Devotional- “Hemmed in.”
Have you ever had a full blown tantrum? I mean, like a 3-year-old child, kicking and screaming, saying “Life’s not fair!” Come on, mamas! It can’t just be me. Afterwards, I usually feel really silly and thank the Lord no one saw my foolish display. Only, he did see it. He was right there, right in the middle of that scene. And guess what? He loves me in spite of it.
We cannot escape God. He is always with us. In those dark places in our lives, in the places he redeemed us from, but we wandered right back to… He is there. Right in the middle of our shame and regret. In our lowest of lows… he is there. In that broken relationship he set you free from, but you went back to… even there. There is nowhere he can’t reach. Nowhere he’s not willing to go to get to us. What’s your “even there” place?
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
Nothing and no one can stop him. He patiently, but fervently, pursues us. He leaves the 99 for the 1. Why? We cannot begin to comprehend his passionate pursuit of us. Even when we surround ourselves with darkness, when we feel unlovable and so far-gone, he loves us. He pierces through the darkness for our sake and shines bright before us.
Lord, we can’t begin to to fathom why you love us so deeply. In those moments when we don’t even love ourselves, there you are with outstretched arms. Help us to love like you, Lord. Help us to let go of the vulnerabilities that chain us down. Give us freedom from our dark places so that we may be free to love and serve others as you continuously love and serve us. We pray with grateful hearts, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Read Day 4 of the Psalm 139 Devotional- “A Wonderful Work”
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