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December 22, 2020 2:00 am
The Beatles wrote a song called "Here, There and Everywhere" about a couple's desire to be together at all times. This title also expresses a unique attribute of God. Dive into this topic as Skip shares the message "Here, There, and Everywhere."
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Where is God. God is here there and everywhere. That's what I'm calling this message. Yes I know it's in time of a Beatles song stuff is just in my head that is what sums up God's nature. God is here and there and everywhere God is everywhere present that truth can be a little tough to understand.
When you do to be so encouraging today on connect with Skip Heitzig Scriptures when you can take comfort in the knowledge that God is in all places at all times.
At the end of the program Skip the Sunday share how God's omnipresence can shape your worship life because God is in all places any place can become a holy place and that just opens up life right I mean you can be a cabbie for your car. You can be in a courtroom. You could be in a Monday meeting. You can make it a holy place by getting in touch with you shortly. Stay with us after today's message to hear the full discussion right now you want to tell you about a resource that will help you tap into a deeper faith and more meaningful prayer life. Recent research has found that Google searches for the word prayer search worldwide alongside the spread of the novel coronavirus trends data shows that the search intensity for prayer doubles every 8000 Cove 19 cases, but is there a right way or a more effective way to bring tears best-selling author Kay Arthur when the battle is raging were to be on the frontlines on the frontline center needs of the frontlines standing in the full armor of God Chi's book, Lord, teach me to pray in 28 days offers simple but powerful instruction on how and what to pray and what to expect when you do, and it's our way to safety when you give a gift of $25 or more today to help keep this ministry on the air. Give online securely connectwithskip.com/call 800-922-1880 someone is beginning to the message with people of asked where is God when I want to find and why need to go to Jerusalem to find God, or do I make a pilgrimage to Rome by step into a cathedral and that's where God is and will meet me or do I go out and make sure that he created will I find God there where is God a little boy was having a discussion with his mom about this and asked mom like a lot of little boys are want to do.
Mom where is God. She said God is in heaven. He said so does he live in heaven. She goes yes so he said. So where is Jesus and that she said will Jesus is in your heart and the little boy said but I thought Jesus and God were like the same.
How can that be true immediacy and have a nurse in my heart so she's a little bit confusing but frustrated and and she said this will parents is what we say sweetheart. It's hard to explain. That's our explanation sweetheart.
It's hard to explain. After another long pause little boy said so what is the Holy Spirit. Now she's getting really uncomfortable and how she could come up with this.
I think it's time for your nap sweetheart. David's question in this Psalm is very short and to the point is the question where he asked that twice in verse seven where can I go from your spirit, or where can I flee from your presence asked in another way, where is God. David's answer is equally as simple.
There where there notice what he says in verse eight if I ascend into heaven, you are there.
If I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me in your right hand shall hold me so where is God. God is here there and everywhere. That's what I'm calling this message. Yes I know it's an title of a Beatles song stuff is just in my head that is what sums up God's nature. God is here and there and everywhere. No. David's question is a rhetorical question. He's not asking the question to get information he is making the statement he's making a he's giving a message. Where can I go from your spirit. What can I flee from your presence, as if to say nowhere. Psalm 139. As we mentioned last week is divided into four distinct sections with six stanzas per section, and each of those sections deal with a different attribute of God one we dealt with last time were dealing with the nigh attributes of God. God is omniscient. We looked at last time we were together, which means God knows everything. We discussed and discovered that God's knowledge is not accumulated knowledge he doesn't have to learn anything or go to school or be informed or piece ideas together to come up with an understanding of something. His knowledge is instantaneous, complete, total comprehensive that's one attribute a second attribute we deal with now is God's presence something else.
Just a reminder, we touch on this last time when David writes Psalm 139. He is not writing a theological premise or article he's writing a song. It's a worship song. It's a worship tune that they sang in the temple in Jerusalem. So what I love about this is David is not viewing God with these attributes of theologically he's viewing God with these attributes personally and application of its what it means to him and what it should mean to the people of God and so I just want to ask you when is the last time that you just prays to God for his being something to you, not for his doing something for you. Just the fact that God is present.
Just the fact that God is powerful. Just the fact that God knows everything.
That's what David does in Psalm 139 now in all of the attributes of God that we are dealing with every single one of the ones were dealing with is out of touch for us. We can't do or be. These things that God is there called noncommunicable attribute but we can sort of relate in sort of understand a couple of, for example, I think we can partially grasp God's omniscience because after all we were with the group of people. There are some people who are smarter than other people to know more about a subject than others. I got together with people and I get amazed at how much they know about a particular subject, I might know a little bit but they know a great deal. So in a comparative sense they know much more than I know so we can kinda say well, God just knows much more than they know so we can partly grasp that attribute of omniscience. Also, when it comes to God's omnipotence is all power which will look at next time we can partly grasp that for again. After all, some people are stronger than other people.
Some people have a more powerful position in society than others that so they have power weakens just sort of extrapolate that unsafe God has more power than they do. But when it comes to this attribute. This is a brain freeze this. We do not comprehend or understand because when we talk about God being everywhere.
We have to realize we can only be it at an area in one place at one time. All creatures can only be and always be in one place at one time. We are finite we are limited. We are localized God can be present everywhere.
That's why it's a difficult attribute to discuss as we can relate in any way to it. God can be our father in heaven. Matthew chapter 6.
At the same time, he can be a God who is near at hand.
Jeremiah chapter 23 something else before we dive into our text.
Sometimes in the Old Testament God's presence is localized in the sense that when the children of Israel walk through the wilderness to the desert. God's presence was with them in a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day. It was an emblem.
It was something visible. That reminded them and showed them that God was in particular with his people taking them out of the bondage of Egypt. Also, when Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem and dedicated it.
The Bible tells us that the presence of God the glory of God in the form of a cloud filled that temple so God was very present with his people on that occasion, and yet Solomon wisely prayed at the Temple dedication these words but will God indeed dwell with men on earth for indeed have an in the heaven of heavens cannot contain you. How much less this temple. Yes, God is with us but I realize this building can't contain God, the universe can contain God. So let's close through verse seven through verse 12, together, let's notice the question a universal question. By the way, where is God and will discuss this feature.
This characteristic followed by an explanation or rational explanation that David gives as he drills down into the meaning of this attribute, and then finally will look at a conclusion a practical conclusion would begin with the question in verse seven where can I go from your spirit, or where can I flee from your presence.
I guess my first question would be why would anyone want to flee from God's presence. Why would anybody ever desire to be far from God and hide or run from God and the answer that is I guess it depends on how your living, depending on how your living you even want to be close to God are far from God, but one of the mistakes that people make is thinking they can actually hide from God.
I know it's dumb but it happens. Jonah was one of those dumb guys.
Jonah was a prophet of God. Yet it says in Jonah chapter 1 that he got into a boat and tried to go to Tarshish, it says to flee from the presence of the Lord, what a nincompoop you think a prophet of God would know better. There's no place you can hide from the presence of God but he tried. I read a story this week that it just it was so funny and a true story. In most states. It's the policy that in the colder months.
If you're in a police force like a state trooper where this Took Pl. in Montana that if there is a stalled vehicle off the shoulder of the road. You always stop and you check it while it was in the wintertime in Montana, three in the morning and a state trooper by the name of Alan Nixon responded to a call that there was a car stalled on the side of the highway, so he drove to the side of the highway just outside of Great Falls Montana saw this car in a snow bank engine was still running officer pulls behind the car lights flashing steps out of his vehicle goes over to the stalled car in the engine is running taps on the window with his flashlight. No response. He looks inside sees an older man passed out behind the steering wheel with a bottle of vodka on his lap. Empty bottle of vodka keeps knocking on the window. Finally, the man comes to the driver looks up and sees the police officer notices the bright flashing lights and he panics and he hits the gas. Now he's in the snow bank. But he hit the gas when he did that the car's odometer read 30 miles an hour, 40 miles an hour 50 miles an hour, but again he's in a snow bank is stuck in the snow.
The wheels are spinning on the car. He's not going anywhere, but the speedometers reading 50 so this state trooper at a good sense of humor. He decided he's gonna run in place next to the car was running in place, actually car in this paper is freaking out thinking this guy can run 50 miles an hour.
Finally, the officer just was. He had too much before he burst out laughing. He to set up all over guy pulled over. Needless to say he was arrested but there was a guy getting sober in a jail cell that night who swore there's a Montana state trooper who can run 50 miles an hour and he was trying to flee from his presence.
So it depends on how your living.
If you're living right you like and want to run from God. If if your living like you should you want to be closer to him, you're gonna want to experience his presence more when we talk about this feature. The omnipresence of God. It is stated this way. Theologically, God is everywhere present in the totality of his being, not just making the statement. I'm not saying that to be able to understand it and I certainly am not saying I understand it, but that's how the Bible reveals that God is everywhere present in the totality of his being. Now that has a couple of implications that go with it. Number one. It shows us that God cannot be contained in a building that's what Solomon's prayer was all about. At the dedication when he said I realize that even heaven can contain you and the heaven of heavens can continue much less this temple that I have built Paul the apostle on the Areopagus in Athens stated before, the Greek philosophers the most high does not dwell in temples made with hands, yet I have heard over the years people refer to the church building as the house of God.
I had my mom when I was a kid I go to church is what I heard every Sunday at church is what I remember early. Don't run in the house of God. That was my take away every Sunday. Don't run in the house of God, because I was a little energetic kid like to run but my mom said don't run in the house of a can you imagine my delight when I became a believer in Jesus Christ. At age 18 and read the Scripture and discovered I am the house of God, you are the house of God, the Bible says you are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
God is a dwell in buildings or in places or on properties. He dwells in people.
That's a New Testament construct so God cannot be contained in the building second.
The implication is that God cannot be localized in the city or a nation.
Why is this good news. It means that I don't have to go on a pilgrimage to a special place where God is going to show up in a greater capacity that there are belief systems. Even within Christendom. So you have to go to this special place for a miracle happened crawl on your knees and God will be there. Go to listen. I love to take you to Jerusalem, but it's not like if you pay the money to go to Jerusalem got a meeting of special way in and he'll be closer there than he would be if you were in your little apartment or your home here, although tour guides love to have fun with this idea because Jews typically were geocentric in their worship they would pray in Jerusalem. God's odometer place my name in Jerusalem. There were three pilgrim feasts every year. Were they left their homes in travel to Jerusalem and had a feast and the celebration in a sacrifice and they prayed so that mindset is still with many of them and I've had tour guides in Israel address our group and tell people now you know when you pray in Jerusalem. It's a little bit different because you might be from the Rocky Mountains and have beautiful vistas of the mountains or you live on a lake in DC the magnificence of God's creation, but I want you to know, though you can pray anywhere in the world.
When you pray here in Jerusalem it's a local call. It's a local call as if to say, you just get a little more direct line to God when you pray here, but because God is on my present everywhere present in the totality of his beings.
I don't need to go to a special place.
God isn't dwell in special places and that means that that'll save us from sort of this pseudo-moral Sapir Perry already that some people have a God is an American. God is not an American.
God is not a Republican is not a Democrat.
He's not an American. God is available anywhere in the world for all people of all races, of all times. That's the beauty and truth of God's omnipresence where he answers there. Now let's look at the explanation of that. Let's kinda drill down a little bit because David poetically says three different things he he says death can't hide us from God. Distance can hide us from God. Darkness can't hide us from God. All three of those truths are in this song go back to verse eight if I ascend into heaven, you are there not make sense obviously got our father in heaven but now the only way you can get to heaven you are sure from the rapture of the church happening in your lifetime. The only way to get there, is how death you'll die you'll die. But you will be instantly alive in his presence. Okay so if I go to heaven you're there, but he continues if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there other word here for hell is the Hebrew word she all you might have that in the margin of your Bible. Should and Sheila literally means the grave.
The grave the ancient belief system is that when a person dies and is buried in the grave. She all he is cut off from God is cut off from God so in the ancient belief system. You die you get buried in the grave and the ancients would say God is nowhere. David says they're wrong when you die, God is now here he is on this side of death. He's on that side of death. He's on the side of death. If you're a believer or nonbeliever, you'll be ushered before the final judgment of God for him to make an evaluation on your life now for an unbeliever. It's not too pleasant the Bible says it is appointed unto man once to die, and after this judgment I will if you've read much about Voltaire, the French atheist couple hundred years ago, but he was such an outspoken critic against God against belief in God and in particular against Jesus Christ.
He absolutely hated the Lord Jesus Christ. He said publicly of Jesus Christ that he was a wretch, but he couldn't get rid of God even when he died.
When Voltaire was on his deathbed, he cried out to God, I'll give you half of what I am worth for six more months of life, and then he said, then I shall go to hell and you shall go with me. Oh Christ of Jesus Christ and with those final words he died. He died in misery.
But calling out to the God he said he didn't believe in now turn the coin or turn the page for a believer for a Christian death is glorious. It's a homecoming it's it's where we go from the real world to the really real world in heaven. The presence of God far different than it is now for us. Yes, God is present with us now. But in heaven the presence of God will be direct, visible, unmitigated, unfiltered be directly in his presence.
When a believer dies.
I'm always hesitant to say he died or she died. I'd rather say because I think it's more accurate.
He moved, she moved what he means. She moved as she went to heaven. That's where she is. She is very much alive right now in the direct, unfiltered, unmitigated presence of vascular powerful message for you from the series 2020.
You Skip as they share how God's omnipresence can shape your worship like today.
We are reminded that God is everywhere and he sees everything that we do that truth should inform how we live our lives, especially as believers will Skip we can worship the Lord in many different ways so how should knowing that God is omnipresent.
Shape our attitude of worship. Okay, I'll take a stab at that because God is everywhere. I don't necessarily need to be anywhere so there's not 1 Particular Pl. that I have to be to get in touch with them because God is omnipresent, or put it in another way because God is in all places, any place can become a holy place. Think about the burning bush take her shoes off because you're standing on holy ground in the middle of the desert is nothing holy about the dirt of the Sinai, but it was when the presence of God was there. Joshua had a very similar experience when he talked to the angel of the Lord before battle was told to take his shoes off because he was on holy ground. So because God is in all places any place can become a holy place and that just opens up life right I mean you can be on a camping trip. You can be in your car you can be in a courtroom. You can be in a Monday meeting, but you can make it a holy place by getting in touch with God so beautiful ring significance to win.
Jesus died that veil of the temple was ripped signify that we no longer have to communicate with God simply in a place but he's everywhere with us in the relationship. That brings us truly astonishing good reminder to take advantage of the torn.
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