Posted May 19, 2014
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.
Welcome to our fourth week as we memorize all of Psalm 139. This week we continue to focus on God’s infinite presence (omnipresence). Though we are finite beings, held and bound to a body, a geographical place, and a particular time, God is “spatially unchallenged.”
East & West
In verse 8, the psalmist employed the use of opposites (heaven & Sheol) to clearly state that nowhere is out of God’s reach on the vertical axis. Here in verse 9, the psalmist does this again, but this time on the horizontal plain. The “wings of the morning” point us to the far east (the sunrise) and “uttermost parts of the sea” to the far west (west of Israel on the Mediterranean sea). The ESV Study explains, “This rhetorical device, using two polar opposites, indicates that everything in between is included.” From east to west, north to south, there God is with you and near to you.
Led & Held
It is as if these verses could have been written by Jonah himself, who knew this truth intimately. He sought to run away from God, heading in precisely the opposite direction of where God was calling him, only to find out that he was still held and led by the very One he was running from. No matter where you are in life, no place is too far out of God’s reach or too far from His presence. Seasons come and seasons go, but God’s hand remains near. May we embrace and submit to His leadership and lordship over all our lives, celebrating that there is not a square inch that He is not Lord over and near to.
Song by Jeff Capps.
Group vocals by Jeff Capps, Michael Bleecker, Jillian Smith, and Jay Howard.
Produced by Dustin Ragland.
Tracking by Dustin Ragland & Jordan Bledsoe.
Artwork by Amy Fuller.