In Psalms 137:7-10 David, the Sweet Psalmist of Israel, writes, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”
With powerful confidence David includes two very important words: “even there.” Those words are music to my ears and comfort to my heart. I may feel alone, I may even deserve to be left alone, but as a child of God I am never utterly alone. These verses set forth some very important truths about God’s presence.
The Principle of God’s Presence – even there. He is omnipresent. He is everywhere. There is not a corner of the globe where He cannot be found. Missionaries have found Him already present on far away shores. From the frozen tundra of the arctic, to the steaming jungles of the tropics; from the burning sands of the deserts to the unfathomable depths of the oceans, God is there. There is not a corner of life where He cannot be found. No person has a monopoly on the presence of God. He can be here for me even while He is there for you. He is not entangled by time or distance. In the highest of the heavens or in the heart of the earth, we will find He is even there!
The Place of God’s Presence – even there. Those two words leave
no place unexplored by God’s presence. He begins to make His presence known to
us from the place of salvation. Then
He begins to walk with us through the places of tribulation. In the good
times, He is there. In the midst of heart-breaking sorrows, He is there. When
we ultimately triumph, and when we utterly fail, He is even there. When we
experience the greatest joys, He is there. When we experience the darkest
nights, He is even there. There is no depth too deep, no storm to harrowing, no
fear to great, no heart too broken, no distress too disturbing, no burden too
heavy to prevent Him from being present with us. And after this life is over, He
will accompany us forever to the place of consummation. Even there, when the shadow of death passes over and
we make our final descent to banks of
The Promise of God’s Presence – even there. Here and in other parts of Scripture, He promises with clarity and confidence that He will always be with us. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus exhorts us, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Again in Hebrews 13:5 we read this promise, “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.” You may not always be able to feel Him, but you can always trust Him. Others may leave us. The dearest on earth may forsake us. Friends may decline to go with us in service or sacrifice, but even there in those difficult circumstances we will find He is still with us! These words from a song written by my good friend, Pete Neal, eloquently describe His presence:
For even there in the midst of my worst tragedy,
Even there when I can not find my way.
I’ve found Him in the middle of the darkest night,
When no one seemed to care
And when I haven’t got a prayer, I find He’s even there.
And when the time is come for me to cross the river,
And the lights of home come softly into view.
I won’t be left to make the journey on my own,
For like all the trials before,
I’ll find my Lord is even there.