Lenten Reflection Day 38: No Hiding Spot

A Secret Hiding Place by Susan Wallis

Song of the Day: “Give Me Your Hand”

The Day’s Scripture

Psalm 139:7-12
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.


No Hiding Spot
(originally published in “The Covenant Home Altar”)

We continue our exploration of Psalm 139 in its middle section. The feeling in Psalm 139 would be lost if it simply read:  “God, you are omniscient” in place of verses 1-6; and “God, you are omnipresent” for our passage here.  The Psalter is beautiful because its voices are impassioned—full of exclamatory praise, unfiltered in the expression of fear and anxiety, and raw in their doubts and grievances.  As Adam and Eve hid in the Garden, the Psalmist is running and searching desperately for a hiding place from God.

God is all around us.  God is everywhere.  There is no corner too dingy and no situation too shameful to take us away from His presence. When we run for that hiding spot, our own personal Tarshish, we soon realize that we can’t flee.  This is good news!

God, thank you that darkness can never fully hide me.  When I run from you in fear or shame, I will not be enveloped by the night. Even here in the darkest of nights, I will find myself in the light of your mercy, grace, and Presence.  Amen.

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