Children of God, how is it that too often we mistrust the intention and plan of God for our lives? Although Jeremiah 29:11, assures that, “I know the plans I have for you…plans for your welfare, not disaster, to give you a future and a hope“. Nevertheless, particularly in times of turmoil and trouble, we choose not to believe God keeps his children in the way of life.
Feelings, in many cases, are allowed to take precedence over God’s promises to provide, and protect us throughout our various life events. Because of our failure to abide in God’s word, confidence that God is with us is shaken. We can take courage and inspiration from David’s Psalm 139, and know, because of His presence, God keeps his children in the way of life.
David declares that there is nowhere he can go to ever escape the presence of the Lord. Those who have been adopted into the family of God ought to receive this in a positive sense; knowing that where God’s presence, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. In another place, David assures, “In thy presence is fullness of joy, at thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore” (Ps. 16:11).
Unnecessary fretting may be allayed or put to rest when we appropriate for ourselves David’s affirmations, encouraging ourselves that God keeps his children in the way of life. Daily, we can use this Psalm 139 in the personal practice of our faith that God is with us due to His steadfast love for His family. As Paul states it, “neither death nor life…shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:38-39).
Consider with us then how David frames Psalm 139 as applicable for the ordinary as well as extreme events of life:
- God’s presence in heaven or hell: there is no height which the children can attain or depth to which they may fall which limits God’s presence. Whether it be the limits of human aspiration or the physiological and eternal realms of life and death, God is with us. God keeps his children in the way of life.
- God is present in travels: Airplanes or trains, on dangerous highways in the car or walking along western or eastern shores, anxiety can build to the detriment of body and soul. Yet, should we simply rest in the knowledge that God knows where we are, we could be greatly relieved and move in alignment with God’s will.
- God’s presence makes unafraid in darkness: When one is unable to see because darkness has obscured their way, fear creeps into even the petty places of life. But God is not daunted by darkness. If we are confident that He is with us, then we know that He will be a light on our pathway in the deepest of night seasons.
- God Knows What we are made of: Since God has breathed into us the breath of life, He, above all, is aware of the essence of our being. He understands our capabilities and dysfunctionalities. Through His Spirit He empowers us to fully live out our potential as the children of God.
- God knows our destiny: Before the foundation of the world, “the Lord knows those who are His” (2Tim. 2:19). A book is opened to His view, and everyone who loves God and has departed from the way of iniquity shall be found in that book. We are family, lovers of Christ, carrying out His mission. Therefore, we have the promise of Matthew 28:20, “…remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age”. Consequently, we remain positive that God keeps His children in the way of life.
In light of David’s poetic perusal of God’s presence with us, we must conclude that since God is with us, His plan is simply a setup for our place in eternity. David determined that God has searched us and proclaimed that by His Spirit we are cleansed from our offences against God. We assert with Paul, “that God is able to keep us against that day”, and lead us in the way everlasting. Children of God as we walk through life’s ups and downs, be very sure God keeps His children in the way of life.