Summary: In Psalm 139:7-10 we learn about the vertical and the horzontial presence of God.
1. Please open your bibles to Psalm 139:7-10.
3. Let’s read Psalm 139:7-10, “ 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, 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.”
4. We will begin a discussion of the omnipresence of God starting with verse eight.
I. FIRST, PSALM 139:8 TEACHES ABOUT THE VERTICAL OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD.
1. Verse eight teaches that it would not make any difference how high up into or above the heavens one might go, God is already there. The same verse teaches that it would not make any difference how deep into the earth or below the earth one might go, God is already there.
2. Let’s read Psalm 139:8, “If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.”
3. Another way of saying what we have just read is to say that if we were to travel to another galaxy or to another universe God would already be there.
4. The word “hell” in the phrase: “if I make my bed in hell” comes from a Hebrew word that refers to the place of the dead.
(1) Sometimes the word refers to the grave of the dead.
(2) Sometimes the word refers to the realm of the departed spirits. When it is used that way it has reference to the same place we read about in Luke 16. In Luke 16 the same place is called by the Greek word hades.
1) In Luke 16:19&ff Jesus refers to the realm of the departed spirits being divided by a great gulf. On one side of the great gulf are the unrighteous. Those on this side of the gulf are experiencing punishment.
2) On the other side of the great gulf are the righteous. Those in this compartment of hades are experiencing blessings. Both groups are waiting for the final judgment day.
5. If one were to have fallen into a crevice that was 22 miles deep after the earthquake in Chile God’s presence would be there. Remember the epic center of that strong 8.8 earthquake was 22 miles deep. February or March of 2010.
6. Recently someone fell off into the mouth of a volcano. However, deep that person may have fallen the presence of God would have been there. February or March of 2010.
7. Psalm 139:8 teaches that God’s presence will always exist wherever we go vertically!
II. SECOND, LOOK AT PSALM 139:9. THIS VERSE TEACHES THAT WHEREVER ONE MIGHT GO HORZONTIALLY, GOD’S PRESENCE WILL ALREADY BE THERE.
1. Let’s read Psalms 139:9, “If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea”.
(1) These two phrases bring to our mind the sunrise in the east and then our traveling with the swift rays of the morning sun through the day to the far west sunset beyond the sea.
(2) Whatever distance we would travel from the east to the west would not take us anywhere that God’s presence would not exist.