Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | June 22, 2011

The Strong Word – July 2011

How far do you go on holiday? How far is too far? I have friends who only go as far as Top Lodge in Fineshade woods for a week in a caravan, whilst others go to the East or the South coast, and yet other friends go to a destination in Europe, the Far East or even to Australia, or New Zealand.

So why do we go away? We go I suppose to get away from “normal” life, to be able to do things differently, to find the sun and to escape the normal round of life.

Psalm 139 reminds us that whoever or whatever we might try and get away from we can never get away from God our heavenly Father. We are reminded early in the psalm that God “perceives our thoughts from afar” while verse 7 asks the question “Where can I go from your Spirit?” and continues to suggest that in the highest heavens (space) or the lowest depths, God is still there.

Verse 9 must have been written for the international air traveller, as it reminds us that to rise on the wings of the dawn and fly to the other side of the sea, still God is there!

Not even darkness can hide us from God! Amazing! Further, God has known us even before we knew ourselves, whilst we were being knitted together in our mother‟s womb!

This is an incredible Psalm, a bit scary, but also gloriously reassuring. We cannot holiday away from God just because we are no longer in easy travelling distance to our church and Christian friends, or if we forget to take our Bible away with us! God even has the length of our life written in a book (v16) now that is scary! And there is more. God constantly has thoughts for us, more than the grains of sand on the beach, and on some beaches there are a lot of grains, many of which remain between my toes!

So, as the summer season is here and our daily lives are different for a while, may we remember Psalm 121, that God does not slumber or sleep, he does not have a holiday or even a short break, he constantly streams his love towards us like the rays of the sun. It is just that some days the clouds get in the way.

Let us see through the clouds and keep talking to, and trusting in, the God who will be with us even to the end of the age as he promised at the end of Matthew‟s Gospel.

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