The God Who Is Everywhere – Gospel in Life
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The God Who Is Everywhere

Tim Keller |  January 30, 2011

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Topics:
  • Doctrine
  • God the Father
Duration:
40:26
Scripture:
Psalm 139:1-24
SKU:
RS 328-05

Overview

We’re looking at the characteristics— also known as the “attributes”— of God according to the Bible. One of God’s attributes is his omnipresence— he’s present everywhere, and we can’t get away from him.

There are three things this psalm tells us about the presence of God: 1) God’s presence is an inescapable fact; 2) His presence is a radical threat; and 3) His presence is a transforming joy.

Psalm 139:1–24

When we think about God’s special qualities, like knowing everything, being everywhere, and having all power, we realize these are unique to Him alone. Psalm 139 talks a lot about God being everywhere. This idea can feel overwhelming but also bring great joy. Understanding how these feelings work together is key to getting the message of Psalm 139.

1. God is always with us

God’s knowledge, presence, and power touch every part of our lives. He knows us better than we know ourselves. God being everywhere doesn’t just mean He fills up space. It means He’s fully present everywhere, which is amazing and humbling. His power is seen in how He creates and keeps our bodies and souls alive. This makes us realize how precious life is from the moment it begins to the moment it ends, and it makes actions like abortion and euthanasia seem like they go against God’s authority.

2. God being everywhere can feel threatening

Just like David and Jonah in the Bible, sometimes we feel threatened by God’s presence and rebel against Him. Today’s world tells us to focus on our own freedom, which can feel at odds with the idea of God being everywhere. This tension is seen in Jean-Paul Sartre’s claim that God’s existence limits our freedom. The struggle to deny God’s existence, while also needing guidance and moral values, shows the confusion we feel about wanting to be free.

3. God’s presence brings joy and change

David’s story shows us how God’s presence can turn fear into joy. This story highlights our human mistakes and God’s perfection, and the sacrifice of Jesus allows believers to change their attitudes towards others. No matter what we face in life, the consistent message is that God is always with us. This promise becomes real when we have faith in Jesus.

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