Psalm 139:7-10 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? Vs 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. Vs 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Vs 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
I want to tell you about God’s presence in my daily life. These verses were written by King David, a man I like to think of as smitten with God. So in love, that He couldn’t see beyond God’s will. Yes, David sinned, just like we sin, but all he seems to talk about is God’s constant presence in His life.
Today, especially I can see God’s presence all day long and believe me, I wish today He had looked away. I was caught up in gossip, negative speaking and overall a bad example of what a believer of Christ really is. Yet, as I drove home and thought about the way a lot of situations went, I realize God was working the whole time. That the co-worker I got snippy with forgave me before I ever asked and ended our day with a hug and affirmation we were okay. I spoke unkindly to this co-worker and realized minutes later I hadn’t meant to, but then I recognized my pride had blinded me in a moment. That moment was all it took for my words to become daggers to this wonderful woman I love working with. Once I recognized my pride, I confessed it to God, seeking His forgiveness. Before I sought my co-worker’s forgiveness God moved this woman to start talking to me again as if nothing had happened. For me, that was so helpful and the door I used to apologize for my words. I could type all night and not share all the times God stepped in and helped me today. Instead, I just want to share this one instance simply because God used it to touch my heart so much. Instead of feeling condemned, distancing myself from God in shame from my actions, I ran to Him. God was there.
God’s inescapable presence leads up to this very verse. Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. After all these years, I have come to a point in my life, I don’t want to hide from God anymore. Not when I sin and the enemy tries to condemn me. After 19 years as a follower of Christ, I want to run to God. Especially when I sin. Vs 10b thy right hand shall hold me. Even in my ugliest moments, during my most ungodly actions God is there leading me to His ways of confessing and seeking forgiveness. Holding me when Pride wants to run my life and mess in the lives of others. God doesn’t expect me to be perfect. God wants me to be kind, loving and willing to take responsibility for my actions while seeking forgiveness of those I’ve hurt.
The circumstances of my life and the environment I grew up in made me a "fixer". When I surrendered that burden that was never mind to carry, God made me a prayer warrior.
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