20 Apr Psalm 139 Scripture Memory Challenge 2011: Verse 8
“If I go up to the heavens, You are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.” Psalm 139:8
My favorite chapter in all of Scripture is Romans 8. The book of Romans is the Christian “Magna Carta”. If so, then chapter 8 is the absolute treasure chest of the liberty and glorious riches we have in Christ. The Apostle Paul so beautifully reminds us as he concludes this portion of his letter, that nothing can separate us from the love of God… “neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39, emphasis mine).
“Neither height nor depth… will be able to separate us from the love of God…”
As I reflect on these words myself I can’t help but wonder if Paul, too wasn’t reflecting on King David’s words when he penned them to the Roman church.
We kind of expect God to be there in our highest highs. But our lowest lows? The depths? Not just the depths of personal pain and affliction, but the depths of personally wrong “bed-making” choices.
“If I make my bed in the depths, You are there.”
I received Christ as Lord of my life when I was in high school. 35 years ago. Sadly, the reality of my life is that the greatest sins of my life were committed after I said, “I do” to Jesus.
I cheated on Him.
He was faithful to me.
Sweet Jesus. Sweet, unconditionally-loving, promise-keeping Jesus. He is faithful… when I am not. Faithful to keep His Word to me; faithful to keep His love over me. I think over all of those years I spent in pit-dwelling. Makes me ache to think that He was there all the time, pressing in… waiting for the prodigal daughter to turn around and head home… back into His loving arms of grace and mercy.
Once you have it, there is no escaping a love so strong. I’m especially captivated by that reality this week as I remember His cross and the day He chose to go there for me. Seeing my face, my track record, and all of the beds I would make for myself, He said, “Yes, for you, Punky; I will do it for you.”
Pondering anew what the deep, deep love of the Almighty can do… and has done… for each one of us who call ourselves, “His”.
xo – P