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Where Can I Go from Thy Spirit?

February 10, 2019


Where Can I Go from Thy Spirit?

Sometimes people want  to get away  from God.     They might imagine  that God does not love them  and are afraid  that He will pronounce severe judgment  upon them.     Sometimes they want  to get away from God  so they can feel more free  to sin.

Whatever our situation might be,  having God nearby  is actually  a very good thing.     God pursues us  in love.     No matter where we go,  God is there.     As various Bible verses show,  God is our Shepherd,  who is tenderly caring  for us  and saving us  from every dangerous predicament  we might fall into.     God is also called  our heavenly Father  to show the immensity  and great depth  of His love  for us.     God is called our Comforter  because His love always wants  to tenderly envelop us  and guide us  on the right path  through this world.     These are all descriptions  of love and help.

King David loved  the nearness  of God — even in the times  when he fell into sin.     David greatly appreciated the fact  that our Lord  is so near us,  He is even aware  of our every thought.     When we tend  to get off track,  God has our conscience  give us warnings,  so that we know  God is watching over  our every move.

In awe and appreciation  of God’s powerful  and constant  loving care, David writes and sings  in  Psalm 139:7-12,

Where can I go  from Thy Spirit?   
Or where can I flee  from Thy presence?   
If I ascend to heaven,  Thou art there;   
If I make my bed in Sheol,  behold Thou art there.   
If I take the wings  of the dawn,    
If I dwell  in the remotest part  of the sea,    
Even there  Thy hand will lead me,    
And Thy right hand will lay hold of me.   

If I say,  “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,    
And the light around me will be night,”    
Even the darkness  is not dark  to Thee,    
And the night  is as bright  as the day.    
Darkness and light  are alike  to Thee.

In all of David’s song  about God’s nearness,  the one thing he loved  was that,  “Darkness and light  are alike  to Thee.”     The  “darkness”  is all of our trials and tribulations,  where we feel so blinded and lost  because we don’t know  what is going on  or how  we can ever get out  of the trouble and sin  we’re in.     But,  when we’re  in deep distress  over all we don’t know,  it does not matter,  because God knows  everything for us — and He lovingly  cares  for us.     Through it all,  God has plans  to do us good.     So,  we can surely trust  God’s leading — even in our darkest moments.

It is a very blessed thing  that there is nowhere  we can  “go from Thy Spirit”.     Nor,  should we ever want  to go away  from our Lord,  Creator,  and Savior.     He is our safety,  our joy,  and our delight  because He loves us enough  to have suffered and died  on the cross  to pay  for all our sins.     How very precious are all these truths  for our rest  and peace.

As we give thanks  for God’s faithful nearness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for Your constant care  and love — even when I don’t feel  so lovable.     Let me appreciate Your nearness  the way David did,  so that I may be led  to life everlasting.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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