27th May 2017

God is there 

“If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
Psalms 139:8 (NIVUK)

No matter how dreadful things become, no matter how wonderful the moment, God is there. His Spirit of comfort and of joy is present always. That is the re-assuring message of Psalm 139.

The Hebrew word for “depths” in the above verse is Sheol. It is sometimes translated as “the grave”, and, in Greek, it is translated as Hades, meaning the place of the dead. Sheol, however, is thought by scholars to be a uniquely Hebrew expression of unknown origin and the Greek Hades, with its mythological implications, is unlikely to be a direct parallel.

The idea in Psalm 139 is that, because of God’s great love for every one of us, he never leaves us or forsakes us, even when we might think he would. Death could be viewed by some as a break in God’s presence. Not so, is what the Psalmist says. Sheol implies the moment of death and, also, the state of being dead. At that point in our life, God’s Spirit is there.

When a close one dies, or when innocent people are killed in a terrorist attack, or when a terminal disease strikes, God is not absent.

Rather God is present, ready to receive and to comfort.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that your Spirit is eternally present, and that death does not separate us from your love and grace. In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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