Ever By Your Side – 100 verses

Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.  Psalm 139:7-10  


Heaven (Photo credit: adyyflickr)

Like all the other psalms, Psalm 139 voices honest, human emotion in a vibrantly beautiful, truthful, and poetic way. In this one, the psalmist asked rhetorical questions. He was not expressing a desire to get away from God. Quite the contrary. He was emphasizing that if people who wholeheartedly try to escape God’s presence have absolutely no possibility of doing it, it would be even more unlikely for a person who is actively drawing close to God to wind up separated from him.

In other words, God is with you everywhere ~ whether you want him to be or not. This truth is wonderful news for those who long for God. God is always right by your side. His Spirit transcends the limitations of physical space. This means that you will experience God’s presence in a different way than you would the presence of other people. God’s Spirit is kind of like oxygen. Once you learn about God’s Spirit, you know he is there by his positive effects.

Even though you can’t see him, hear him, or feel him, you know that as long as you’re breathing, God’s Spirit is present. God’s Spirit is the oxygen that allows you to be fully alive spiritually. You can see God’s Spirit move through answered prayer. You can hear his voice through words of Scripture. You can feel his touch through his gifts of comfort, peace, and joy.

Jesus is often referred to by the name Immanuel, meaning “God with us.” Psalm 139 shows that God always has and always will be “with us.”

~from 100 Favorite Bible Verses


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