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SpiritFire: I Can't Take It All In!
I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too — your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful — I can't take it all in! Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight?
Psalm 139 has long been one of my favorite psalms. David gives us words to talk about God's abiding presence across every nanosecond of life. He is there at conception, knowing us, purposing our lives, and making us — his fingerprints are on us. He is there in the daytime and nighttime. He is there in good times and bad. He is there even as death surrounds. And the means of his presence? The Holy Spirit. We cannot, and should not, ever want to be out of sight of God's Spirit or out of range of God's grace. How can we understand this? I don't think we are to understand it. We are to take comfort in it, as Jesus reminds us so powerfully in John chapters 14-16, when he calls the Holy Spirit our Comforter/Counselor/Advocate (John 14:26; John 15:26). We join with David and say, "This is too much, too wonderful — I can't take it all in!"
Almighty God, I thank you for the abiding grace of your presence through the Holy Spirit. I confess that I never recognized the pervasive presence of the Holy Spirit in my life until I started looking at your Word and hearing again your promises. Thank you! Thank you in Jesus' name. Amen.
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