The previous post in the Praise series, Praise the Omniscient, focused on the eternal truth that Almighty God knows everything about everything and everybody all the time.
Today, let’s praise the God who is everywhere, all the time, forever. He is always with us. We can never escape Him. He is Ever-Present, Omnipresent.
“Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “And not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him? Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” (Jeremiah 23:23–24)
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. (Psalm 139:7–10)
For a Believer God’s Presence is Wonderful
For a believer, this is wonderful. God is always present. We cannot escape Him, nor do we want to. His love is always with us, His sovereignty is always active in our lives. We are never forgotten or left alone. While we may not always feel His presence, it is true that God is with us. Let’s focus on the truth.
And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)
He knows all we think, say, and do. For a believer, this truth stimulates us to righteous living and good deeds. We can rest, knowing He knows, and will reward us.
Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. (Revelation 22:12)
For Those Who Don’t Believe, God’s Presence is (or should be) Terrifying
For those who haven’t received Christ as Lord and Savior, God’s presence is (or should be) terrifying. God is with them, everything they do is seen by Him, the ruler of the universe. They cannot hide their faithlessness and misdeeds.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)
It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)
Praise the Ever-Present God
God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—I praise Your constant presence throughout Your creation. I praise You for being everywhere all the time and that no one can escape Your presence. I praise You that no one can “get away” with anything—good deeds or bad, and that one day You will judge the world in righteousness. Please help me absorb this truth and live my life aware that You are with me.