Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I fee from Your presence? If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I live at the eastern horizon [or] settle at the western limits, even there Your hand will lead me; Your right hand will hold on to me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will become night”—even the darkness is not too dark for You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to You (Psalm 139 vv. 7-12).
Upon learning that God knows the worst about him, David’s first impulse is to run! Fallen, sinful humanity always attempts to flee from the presence of the absolute holiness of God. But there is no place to hide, for God is everywhere! He’s omnipresent!
God is everywhere, but he is not in everything. That’s pantheism. He is infinite and personal, but he is self-contained and separate from his creation. Nothing escapes his notice.
The comforting thought is that, if he is everywhere, he is also immediately accessible! I can make contact with him instantly. He is right here! Distance between God and me is created, not on his initiative, but by my sin and guilt. Where God is, there can be no evil. Light and darkness do not coexist at the same place at the same time.
Martin Luther once said, “Music is one of the greatest gifts that God has given us: it is divine and, therefore, Satan is it’s enemy. For with it’s aid many dire temptations are overcome; the devil does not say where music is.”
I am newly encouraged to make music. For where God is, there can be no evil. Where God is, there is music!
O Lord, I’m happy that I can’t flee from your presence. I’m comforted by the fact that you are everywhere and that music is praise to your name!