If you watch sports at all, sometimes you’ll notice that one team seems to have the whole court or field covered, so much so, that their opponent has no where to go or advance. The people of Israel believed God had every corner of the world covered, side-to-side and top to bottom. The Psalmist, describing the intimate presence of God with us, realizes there is no place to hide from the searching presence of God, for he knows the darkest recesses of our hearts. Maybe this brings you comfort, maybe it unsettles you, or maybe it confuses you. From the highest mountaintops to the darkest valleys, your hope is found in God’s presence being with you; he is but a whisper away, and nothing you share with him comes as a surprise. Take some time today to enter into conversation with the One who travels with you.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
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.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.