7 Where could I go to get away from your spirit?
Where could I go to escape your presence?
8 If I went up to heaven, you would be there.
If I went down to the grave,[a] you would be there too!
9 If I could fly on the wings of dawn,
stopping to rest only on the far side of the ocean—
10 even there your hand would guide me;
even there your strong hand would hold me tight!
11 If I said, “The darkness will definitely hide me;
the light will become night around me,”
12 even then the darkness isn’t too dark for you!
Nighttime would shine bright as day,
because darkness is the same as light to you!
The rhetorical questions posed in these verses demonstrate that God's presence is an inescapable fact of our lives. Even the grave itself poses no limitation to His power. God is there in every place and every time. He is not surprised by your darkest deed or impressed by your brightest moment. His love for you stands independent of your actions, your location, and your merits.
What are the implications of a God who sees you at your best and at your worst?
Heavenly Father, make me as aware of your presence as there are places to go in this world. Help me to remember that your love is given to me in full knowledge of my shortcomings and in spite of my misplaced pride in my own achievements. Teach me to establish my identity in you.