Ps.139:7 – Where could I go from your Spirit? Where could I run and hide from your face? If I go up to heaven, you’re there!
One of the stunning things about the Lord is how He is so powerful and infinitely expansive and at the same time, so personal and intimate. These two seemingly contradictory realties are actually the very foundation of our Christian faith. Our God created a universe so big and complicated that man can’t crack the surface of God’s great creation. He created the vast universe that is so huge that our computer generated telescopes can’t find the end of His creation. Maybe that’s because creation mirrors the infinite nature of the Lord and apparently has no end. And then there is the complex nature of creation, Who created eyes and light, ears and sound, mouths and taste, and hands that feel. His creation points us to His incredible infinite knowledge. At the same time the Lord is incredibly personal and sensitive. We see His personal nature when He ministered to Jairus and his daughter, the thief on the cross, the woman at the well in Samaria: the gospels are filled with stories of how Jesus ministered personally to individuals. Here is David Jeremiah on today’s verse.
“Solomon, the son of David and the wisest man of his age, built a majestic temple to the glory of God…..Even though this temple was a wonder of the ancient world, Solomon reflected on the inadequacy of anything built with hands to contain the magnificence of God. He said, “Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!”. Here is the paradox. We know that God is as far beyond us as the deepest reaches of the universe. Yet at the same time, “He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being”. Since God is both beyond us and beside us, His love also exists beyond us, beside us, and within us. His love is to us as the sea is to a fish: The sea is huge and expansive beyond the limited range of any fish, yet in it the fish lives, moves, and has its very being.”
We are brought to the amazing conclusion; God is bigger and more merciful that we can ever know. Knowing Him is the beginning of understanding and is better than life itself.