Psalms 139:7 Devotional On THE PRACTICE OF GOD’S PRESENCE

Daily Scripture Reading: Psalms 139:7, 139:9-10 KJV

Psalm 139:7 KJV
(7)  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence Psa 139:9-10 KJV
(9)  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
(10)  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.


The story of the monk who used this phrase incessantly is well-known to all. In the sixteenth century, Brother Lawrence was walking through the forest when he came across a tree that had lost its leaves. He suddenly realized that this tree would soon be covered in the glory and leaves of spring. He thought to himself, “Then God must have been here”, and his entire being was filled with the idea of God. This impression stayed with him throughout his life. He said that he felt more impressed by the Presence of God in the kitchen while preparing food for his brother monks than when he was kneeling before Holy Communion.

It is a blessing when the soul lives in the awareness of God. When we live, move and have our being in Him, whether we take the wings and follow the sun’s path to the west sea or descend into valley of the shadows of death. We should read the Psalm again. Remember that our Lord said, “Lo, I am always with you, even to death.”

When we are able to draw from the Divine resources, the habit of practicing God’s Presence becomes a habit. Two outstanding examples can be recalled: one by Abraham’s faithful servant and the other by Nehemiah. The first case saw the traveller asking God for guidance in choosing a wife for his master’s child. The second tells us that the king asked him why he was so sad and he replied. We should immediately seek the help of God in times of perplexity and uncertainty.

PRAYER for Today

Gracious Spirit, grant us the grace to live in the fear and joy of God every day. May the trials and temptations we face each day help us to be aware of God’s Presence. AMEN.