“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day for darkness is as light with you” (Psalm 139:7-12).
Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever been alone? Have you ever been lonely? The word alone means unaided, or to be by yourself. I’m sure that we all have felt alone for one reason or another. However, we must always remember that God is always with us.
What is meant by the omnipresence of God? As we have already noted, omni means all while the word presence means existence, manifestation and attendance. Therefore, the term omnipresence means that God is at all times present. He is everywhere present with everyone and with His creation.
Dr. R. C. Sproul writes, “God’s personal presence is everywhere throughout His creation. The thought by these rhetorical questions (Psalm 139:7-12) is that there is nowhere the psalmist can go beyond God’s view. Jonah learned this lesson when he tried to flee God’s commission to preach to the Ninevites.”
As Puritan Thomas Watson writes, “God is infinite. All created beings are finite. The Greek word for “infinite” signifies “without bounds or limits.” God is not confined to any place. He is infinite, and so is present in all places at once. His center is everywhere. “In no place is God’s Being either confined or excluded,” Augustine. “Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain you.” The Turks build their temples open at the top, to show that God cannot be confined to them—but is in all places by his presence. God’s essence is not limited either to the regions above, or to the terrestrial globe—but is everywhere.
Think of the times Joseph, David, Elijah, Daniel, Esther, and others must have felt alone. Meditate upon the words from David in Psalm 22:1-11.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued in you they trusted and were not put to shame. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads“He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”Yet you are he who ltook me from the womb;you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.On you was I cast from my birth,and from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
David was a man alone. Or at least he thought he was. But God was and is always near. Meditate also upon the words God spoke to Joshua:
“After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:1-5).
Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever been alone? Have you ever been lonely? Take heart that God promises to always be with you and to never leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5-6). He is always present.
Soli deo Gloria!