THOU ART THERE
Ps 139:7-12 (7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. (KJV)
Whether David pinned this Psalm or another author wrote it about him, it is a chapter filled with words of strength & hope that we find in other chapters of Psalms. The scriptures give us full account of the life of this great man referred to as the man “after God’s own heart”. As in the life of all those who follow God there were highs and lows, good times and bad times, and both victories and failures, yet he continued in the faith.
As Christians we all seek the answers & solutions to life’s problems so we can maneuver through each episode and hopefully keep the victory. We question within ourselves concerning those who we feel have really attained and achieved greatness. Do they pray & fast more than others, do they give more than others, does God favor some people more than others? I believe the key to David’s success is found in the text “thou art there”. As a young lad in the fields at night keeping his father’s sheep surrounded by predators “thou art there”. When the growling wolf and bear approached the herd, God was there. When he met the challenge of Goliath, God was there. As a fugitive fleeing for his life God was there. In the cold & damp caves of seclusion, God was in that cave with him.
In summary it is quite evident that the key to our success is no difference, God is with us always. Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
As long as God is with us we are assured the victory. Is it any wonder he introduced himself as Emmanuel. Matt 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. And lastly Rom 8:31 If God be for us, who can be against us?