I like to return to my favorite Psalm (139) when I am in need of comfort and guidance. Such was the case, after my dear wife died in her sleep a year ago. The morning of her funeral, I opened my old tattered bible to this Psalm to give me bravery, hope, and peace. I have had this old friend for most of my Christian life; this friend with its stained, underlined verses could do that. This old friend could comfort me in the loss of my oldest friend.
I began to read these verses, which seem to me to be very intimate between David and the Lord. It speaks of God’s greatness and man’s inability to escape from God’s presence. David asks, “Where can I go that you are not there?” and the answer, of course, is “nowhere.” Though Terrie and I were no longer in the same place, we were (each) in His presence
The elegant metaphor of verse nine caught my attention, “If I take the wings of the morning…” I wanted to think of the wings as God’s angels coming to get her so early that Monday morning, but I don’t think that would be true to the Word. Apparently, it does refer to the quiet sunbeams that gently fill the morning sky and just as quietly leaves with the darkness.
7Where 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.
Psalm 139: 7-10 ESV
Even though, Terrie’s angels came silently and peacefully, not even disturbing my sleep, the focus of the Psalm is larger than a metaphor; it has to do with individual relationships with the Creator of the Universe! It has to do with each of us, either trying to run away from God or being lead into areas that are unknown to us by God.
The comfort that I needed for that day, as I was starting a new life with unfamiliar roads and scenery and feelings was MY GOD WAS THERE WITH ME!! I was not thrown into the pool and told to make it on my own. He led me by the hand into the water and into the deep water, His right hand was holding me.
Why write this? The other day, my Pastor wrote that I was “a veteran of grief”. I suppose you could describe me that way, I have gone through many things in my life. Would you accept a word from this “veteran”? Come to peace with the Lord. Accept the plan He has for your life. Draw closer to Him for it will strengthen you.
If you are running from Him- stop and turn toward Him.
If you are being lead into new areas of your life – trust Him. He knows what He is doing and He has a designation for you.
I pray you find security in knowing He is with you and He knows the right way for you.