Psalm 139:7-12: Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,”even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.
As I was reading and praying through Psalm 139 this morning, I began to think about a piece of modern technology: Global Positioning System (GPS). Basically, GPS tells you where you are on planet earth. This technology was first developed by the United States military but was made available for civilian use in the late 90’s. I remember using a GPS device to find the location of a church, where I was to preach a few years ago, and it put me in the middle of nowhere, many miles away from the church. I finally had to stop and ask for directions to the church. Now, I depend on the GPS built into my phone to help me navigate unfamiliar cities and towns. It is very useful and I have come to depend on it greatly.
Long before the US military designed GPS, God had his own GPS. In the first six verses of Psalm 139 we see God described as inescapable. God knows when we wake up in the morning and when we go to sleep at night. He discerns our thoughts from afar and identifies what our future actions will be. God is present everywhere and our thoughts, desires, and physical location on earth is always known to God.
In today’s text, Psalm 139:7-12, we see there is absolutely no where we can go on earth or in the heavens to escape God. He presence is with astronauts as they circle the earth or rocket into space. He is with sea captains as they sail across the depths of the ocean and to the far side of the sea. It doesn’t matter where you are on planet earth or the universe; God is with you and is available to guide you. God knows your physical location at this very moment and He wants to connect with you and draw you closer to His love, compassion, and mercy.
As I continue to read and pray Psalm 139 on a daily basis, I am so much more aware of God’s presence in my life and His hand upon my life. Whatever your location on earth or your situation in life, God’s hand will guide you and lead you into the light of His kingdom. God never gives up on us even if we give up on ourselves. God, at all times, stands ready to raise you up and give you a new and more fulfilling life through belief in Christ. You can try to run from God and hide from God, but even then, God is with you and knows your thoughts, worries, and fears. Allow God’s GPS to bring you into the light of God’s kingdom, which does not rust, spoil or fade away. God’s kingdom and His love for you is eternal. Allow God to place you where He wants you to be!