We Find God's Presence in His Word

 All of Scripture reveals the omnipresence of God. Psalm 19 is a conversation the Psalmist is having with God.  It is worth one’s time to listen in on the conversation. 

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.

Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

 

Whether or not we believe in His presence, He is there in every feature of our lives, as is written in Psalm 139.

“You have searched me, Lord,  and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,  if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.” Psalm 139:1-18

 God’s presence in a fallen world is not easy to understand. I have referred to it as the cosmic battle that is being waged continually. In a more comforting tone consider what St. Augustine of Hippo said. “God existed before time, and God brought time into existence.” During time we live as fallen creatures in a fallen world without God. But God resides with us in every second of time.  He does so through Jesus Christ. 

Two ways God is present in our lives. We have knowledge of Him through His created order. Secondly, He is present in Jesus Christ who finds us through the Word of God. There is something marvelous in all this.  God is present in His marvelous creation of the human eye, for example. What takes place in this magnificent human organism is far more than the product of a biological evolution. Unquestionably, it bears the mark of a Divine Creator. With those same eyes we are given to read the Word of God that reveals His Divine Savior to us. And through Jesus Christ, our entire bodies and souls will be made new.

Those called to the Word of God are also called to make these truths known to our young. God is not included in the curriculum of education. For that reason the Word of God leaves us with this warning.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8 

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