Dec
31

God is Inescapable: Reflections of Psalm 139

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One of the challenges of the spiritual life is to find God in everyday human happenings. Too often we are tempted to believe only in ourselves for much of the time. Too many of us keep God on the margins of life, reserved for emergencies, while we get on with our lives. However, when things go wrong, we expect God to be there.

The poet of Psalm 139 would find the idea of having a God on the margins of life as totally unacceptable and unreal. To this poet God is utterly real and fully, palpably present – and not solely when he is engaged in prayer. Indeed he believes himself to be in the presence of God when he sits down to a meal or when he lies down to rest, when he sets out to work in the morning and when he contemplates the wonders of nature.

God is, for our Psalmist, inescapable. “Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; If I make my bed in the depths, you are there…..”

This is surely for all of us a comforting thought as we get ready to enter a new year. A serene faith, like that of the poet, is ours for the asking.
May God bless all of us this New Year!

Father David