You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
Psalm 139:1-2 (NIV)
The big theological term for the description the Psalmist gives of the Lord is “omnipresent”. God is everywhere at once. The Psalmist has no regrets that he cannot find a hiding place that might take him from the sight of his Creator. But even more than that the Psalmist insists that God reads his thoughts. Now that aspect of God’s omnipresence can be downright scary, but another day we can think about that matter.
Christian reader do you take comfort in the knowledge that the One Who loves you with an everlasting love, Who died and rose from the dead just for you is always by your side? Can you say, “No hiding and no regrets.”?
When we have a pandemic such as our broken world is now experiencing it is all too easy to wonder where the Lord is and why does He not intervene. I know there have been times in my life when I sensed that the Lord must have deserted me. Serious illnesses, family crises, or situations like SARS, or the present pandemic, can either drive us into the loving arms of the Lord or else cause us to wander in the desert of unbelief.
Only by drawing near to the Lord can we ever find the help we need today. Many precious promises come to mind that I find so helpful and I pray you shall find them useful as well.
And call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
Psalm 50:15 ESV
Before they call I will answer;
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
Isaiah 65:24 ESV
But as for me, I will look to the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.
Micah 7:7 ESV
Ask, and it will be given to you;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7-8 ESV