When King David wrote, “Where can I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7), he already knew the answer.
Nowhere. Because God is everywhere. He is omnipresent, meaning He is present everywhere at the same time.
Seriously, if this were God’s one and only attribute, it would be reason enough to worship Him. As Jodi shared with me on Facebook, “Everything begins and ends with Him.” Yes, it does, sister. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3).
The Hebrew word paneh, often translated “presence,” literally means “face, before.” That’s why we’re assured, “He is before all things” (Colossians 1:17), such that His face is always before us.
Because of His presence, Bonnie has “never felt alone, abandoned, or unloved.” Bobbie is grateful that “I never need to make an appointment to talk with Him.” And Patty Sue celebrates this truth: “His presence is ever abiding!”
I love Cherise’s words: “He is everywhere I need Him to be, which is everywhere.” Yes.
In ancient days, people carried miniature idols, so their gods could travel with them. Our God? He carries us.
He is carrying you right now. He is with you.
Even if you cannot see Him with your eyes, touch Him with your hands, or experience Him through your emotions, you can be sure He is in your presence—and you are in His—at this very moment.
Cathey says, “It’s so comforting to know that God is with me every second of every day.” Lois agrees, “I love how God is so personal with each of us, individually. It amazes me that He can be all to all.” Really, how is that possible? Only with God.
His presence is supernatural, beyond this world.
His presence is personal, intimate, knowing.
His presence is continual, proof of His power.
If He were not a God of love, His presence would be frightening. No, terrifying! But because He loves those who are His, His presence calms our fears and eases our anxiety and puts our worries to rest.
For your Lizzie? I’m aware of His presence most when I’m filled with joy. It’s the fruit of His Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and the promise of His Word: “you will fill me with joy in your presence” (Psalm 16:11).
Any time a sense of joy washes over me and I find myself smiling out of sheer delight, that’s when I know that I know that I know.
He is here.
When have you been aware of God’s presence? Please share your thoughts below. You words will surely bless each one of us!
Your grateful sister, Liz