Psalm 139, which we hear today, is one of my favorites. Its verses teach us something about the nature of God’s love for us. The first reminds us that in everything that we do God is present to us, even if we resist him. The second tells us that the Lord’s guidance in our lives will never fail, no matter where we go or how far away from him that we think we are.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence where can I flee?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall hide me,
and night shall be my light”–
For you darkness itself is not dark,
and night shines as the day.
My favorite, though, is the last verse. Even in the worst situations of our lives, when we are certain that the things we have done have completely separated us from his love, God always will be merciful to us. Where we see only darkness, He is the light.