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Psalm 139 - Omnipresent Comfort

Be reminded by some of the most beautiful words in the Bible that God will always be with you.


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Read Psalm 139

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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 48

Q. If his humanity is not present

wherever his divinity is,

then aren’t the two natures of Christ

separated from each other?


A. Certainly not.

Since divinity

is not limited

and is present everywhere,

it is evident that

Christ’s divinity is surely

beyond the bounds of

the humanity he has taken on,

but at the same time

his divinity is in and remains

personally united to his humanity.

 

Summary

The 139th Psalm is one of the most beautiful of them all. What a thought that the almighty creator of the universe knows each of us so well - even better than what we know ourselves!


This Psalm reminds us of the value each individual has. Far from being a random collection of molecules or a clump of tissue, every person has been "fearfully and wonderfully made," knit together in their mother's womb by the very God who spoke galaxys into being!


But clearly something is wrong. Even the very creatures so carefully assembled by the Creator have become wicked, bloodthirsty rebels. What a prayer David lifts up in v19 - that God would "slay the wicked!" Certainly we don't act upon that ourselves, but don't miss the tension introduced here. On one hand, Jesus tells us to love our enemies, but yet the Holy Spirit, speaking through David in Psalm 139, encourages us to "hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you (v21)."


Spend time today meditating on how those commands are actually not contradictory, but the primary reason we've come to Psalm 139 today is to be reminded of God's omnipresence- that is, that God is in all places at all times. God is up in the heavens, in the depths, and on the far side of the sea, all at once.



Dig Deeper


Does David's poetry here comfort you or frighten you? David seemed to feel both extremes as he wrote, knowing that God was always with him certainly brought him peace, but the fact that God knows what people will say before they say it caused David to want to flee from God's presence (v7)!


Jesus' ascension brings into focus His dual nature: that He's both fully Man and fully God. Yet each of these aspects - divinity and humanity - exist in such a way as to not contaminate the other.


Even though you can't see or touch Him until He returns, since His body is in heaven right now ruling all things at the Father's right hand, you can take comfort knowing that His divinity is omnipresent, so Jesus is with you every moment of every day with his hand guiding you, his right hand holding you fast (v10).

 
  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: God Almighty, who fills all of creation with His presence;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Search me o God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

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