Psalm 139:3, “You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways”
Psalm 139:8, “If I ascend into heaven, You are there”
In today’s world of inexpensive, high-tech spying devices, total privacy has become a rare and precious thing. A special agent for the New York Bureau of Investigation said, “Don’t assume that you are alone, not ever.” Cameras are used to monitor people in public places like banks and department stores in shopping malls. Additionally, tiny wireless video cameras that sell for less than $100 are being used by ordinary people for less than honorable purposes. Therefore, it might seem odd to hear someone celebrate a complete lack of privacy, until we realize that the One watching his every move was Almighty God. After stating that God knew each thought, word, and action before it happened, David said, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it” (Psalm 139:6).
My friend, your place is never beyond the presence, guidance, and protection of God (Psalm 139:7-10). The deepest darkness became flooded with light because God was there (Psalm 139:11-12). From the womb to the tomb, every day of David’s life was known to his Creator (Psalm 139:13-16), and the number of times God thought about him couldn’t be counted (Psalm 139:17-18). What a comfort to know we are completely known and are never alone in our relationship with God our Creator, and His Son Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Savior.
Go back with me in time. It is Sunday, July 20, 1969 when Apollo 11 landed on the surface of the moon. Most of us are familiar with Armstrong’s historic statement as he stepped onto the moon’s surface, “That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.” However, very few know about the first meal eaten there. Buzz Aldrin had brought aboard the spacecraft a tiny communion kit provided by his church. Aldrin sent a radio broadcast to earth asking listeners to contemplate the events of that day and go give thanks. Then, in radio blackout for privacy, Aldrin poured wine into a silver chalice. He read, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit” (John 15:5). NASA kept this a secret for two decades. The memoirs of Buzz Aldrin and the Tom Hanks’ Emmy- winning HBO mini-series, “From the Earth to the Moon” (1998), made people aware of this act of Christian worship 235,000 miles from planet Earth.
God is everywhere, and our worship should reflect this reality. We are told in Psalm 139 that wherever we go, God is intimately present with us. Buzz Aldrin celebrated that experience on the surface of the moon. Thousands of miles from earth, he took time to commune with the One who created, redeemed, and fellowshiped with him. Maybe you are far from home? Do you feel as if you’re on a mountaintop or in a dark valley? No matter what your situation, God’s fellowship is only a prayer away. Everyone needs the eternal love of God, who is love. He views each of us as priceless. Moreover, the gospel revels that we have such love in the Person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and His love will never let us go. Simply put, if you know Jesus Christ, as your Savior, you’ll never walk or be alone again.
God’s unseen presence comforts me,
I know He’s always near;
And when life’s storms besiege our soul,
He says, “My child, I’m here.” – D. De Haan
God’s presence with us is one of His greatest presents to us.