Almost all babies love pacifiers. A pacifier is something that babies suck on to help them feel calm. My son Jude is four months old and he loves his pacifier. No matter what time it is, no matter where he is, Jude always has his pacifier close by. We even have something that clips his pacifier to his shirt so he can have it whenever he needs it. If you see Jude, he will either be sucking on his pacifier or it will be close by.
In Psalm 139, David not only talks about how God knows everything about us, he also talks about how God is always with us. God is not just personal. He is also always present. You will never be wrong when you say, “God is there!” In verse 7 he asks, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” He is basically asking, “Is there anywhere in this world I can go where you are not there? Can I hide from you, God?” The answer is No.
God is everywhere. He is not confined to space. Even though God dwells in heaven, there are no walls in heaven that keep him locked in. Even though we worship God when we gather together at church, that doesn’t mean that God is only at church. God doesn’t have limits like we do. We can’t be everywhere at the same time. God can. There is nowhere you can go to get away from God. You can’t hide from him in your room. If you go to school, he is there. When you go to the ball field or the dance studio, he is there. When you are awake he is there! When you sleep, he is there.
David even says in verse 8, “If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” Neither heaven nor the grave can separate God’s people from his presence. The great theologian John Calvin once said, “No one can move anywhere without God knowing, for his eye penetrates both the grave and highest heaven.”
This is great news because no matter how far you are from God, his love and grace can reach you. While we are overcome by the darkness of sin, “even the darkness is not dark” to God; “the night is bright as the day” (v. 12). In Christ, God is not afraid of your sin or the things you have done. When you feel all alone and like no one understands you, God is there. The message of the gospel begins and ends with this great truth: God is there!
Is there anywhere you can go from God’s Spirit? No. Where shall you flee from God’s presence? Nowhere. Trusting Jesus for salvation from your sin means you now have a Father who loves you so much and who is always there. Remember Jesus’ final words to his disciples: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).
Mathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in East Bernstadt, KY. He is an M.Div student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jude Adoniram.