Sitting here on the balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, I am once again taken back to my favorite chapter in the Bible. O, I have a number of favorite verses that I lean on depending on the situation I face, the joy in my heart, or the prayer on my lips but I always come back to Psalm 139 when looking at a chapter as a whole. Why? David crafted a chapter about the inescapable and all-seeing eye of God. Sometimes I need to be reminded that God sees me and that God is still with me no matter where I go or what I have done or what I face. My heart is moved by awe that the God I serve saw my unformed body while still in my mother’s womb. The words about God knowing every thought I have and every word I will speak gives me pause… and motivates me to want to be more Christ-like today!
My favorite section of my favorite chapter is about God’s presence and since it specifically mentions the sea, I think of it every time I come for a beach visit. Let me hush and share the good stuff-
“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. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalm 139: 7-10
No matter how far I go… God is there. No matter how alone I may feel… God is there. No matter if I feel like I’m free-falling… God is there to hold me fast and guide me.
Need a pick-me-up today? Want to be reminded of the awesome God we serve? Looking for an awesome God to serve? Check out the words of David in Psalm 139, pick up a cup of coffee, and spend a few minutes reflecting on the words penned by a man who God called a man after his own heart.
I love you, Lord! You fill my heart with joy! The picture featured on the blog today was the scene off the balcony as the sun set yesterday afternoon… Lord, you are the greatest of artists! Beautiful! As I look across at the greatness of the ocean, I remember that you are so much greater and I praise you, my God! Amen!