There are some concepts of our faith that are hard for our finite human minds to fully comprehend. The concept of eternity, for instance, with no beginning and no end. The exact nature of the Trinity. God’s immutability or His perfect wisdom, justice and knowledge are hard for us to completely conceptualize because our own possession of these traits is so flawed and imperfect. God’s omnipresence is an attribute of God that is difficult to comprehend because our own time space continuum is flawed and His isn’t. If we have any understanding of time and space it is through a mathematical formula provided by an Einstein. Here is how limited we are as humans. How many times have each of proclaimed in frustration that we “cannot be in two places at the same time!” We will never figure out how to do it. So how are we to understand that God can be? It is by faith.
God’s omnipresence is His ability to be present in all places at all times. God has explained this to us. “Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:23-24). He is not bound by time or space. The 19th-century theologian, Charles H. Spurgeon, proclaimed:
“We believe that he [God] filleth heaven and earth, and hell; that he is in the very space which his creation seems to claim, for creatures do not displease God; and even the space which is occupied by his handiworks is still filled with himself. The rocky bowels of the unsearched-out depths are full of God; where the sea roars, or where the solid granite leaves no interstice or vacuum, even there is God; not only in the open place, and in the chasm, but penetrating all matter, and abounding everywhere in all, and filling all things with himself.”
God is near to everything and everyone at every moment. He is with you now and wherever else you may be later. At those times when we question where God is in our lives the Psalmist has assured us that God scrutinizes our path and our lying down, and is intimately acquainted with all our ways. (Psalm 139:3). He is always with us. If there were any borders to which God could not reach, if there were any place where God could not be, then that place would mark the confines or the limits of God. And if God had limits, God could not be the infinite God that we know. He would not be the God that Scripture has revealed to us. He could not be the God that our faith rests upon.
By faith we believe in the Word of God. By faith we accept that Word to be without error and to be infinitely true. We believe what God says, and because we believe we have assurances, an inner peace and a lasting hope that those who have not made a confession of faith in the God of the Bible and His Son Jesus Christ do not have. I cannot see living life without those assurances. How awesome is our God? How attentive is He to our needs? How well does He know us? How deep is His love for us? Take the time to read this Psalm and you will see the answers to these questions. Do we understand His omnipresence? We undoubtedly do not. But we can, nevertheless, believe in it by faith!!
Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
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