Psalm 139:7-16-7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
God is Jehovah-Shammah, the God who is THERE!
First of all, Jehovah-Shammah is with us through the Incarnation of Jesus. The God of the universe willingly condescended to become like us and to walk in our shoes. I may have compassion on a friend that is hurting or going through a trial, but I don’t think I have ever thought, “I wish I could experience what they are going through. God, please let me suffer like they do.” But God willingly subjected Himself to the human experience in order to show us how to live and in order to show us how to overcome sin and to possess eternal life.
Jehovah-Shammah is with us through the Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit.
It is the Holy Spirit who is the “God who is there” among us now. The Holy Spirit is with us as a Comforter, Confident, Care-giver and Counselor. Jesus could say in Matthew 28:20, “And I am with you always, even to the end of the age,” because He knew the Holy Spirit, Jehovah-Shammah, would live in the hearts of believers when He left this earth.
Jehovah-Shammah is with us in the womb.-Psalm 139:13-16. What we can understand is that God is with us when we aren’t even able to cognitively recognize His presence. You didn’t know when you were being shaped inside your mother’s womb that God was at work, but God was there!
Jehovah-Shammah is with us in times of need. God is there even when we can’t feel Him and even when our circumstances seem to scream He is not, and whatever you are overwhelmed by, take heart, it isn’t the end of your story. God is with you, and He is walking you out!
Look at Paul’s words from 2 Timothy 4:16-18 16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Isn’t that powerful? Even when Paul was deserted by all of his friends, he testified that he wasn’t alone.
Jehovah-Shammah is with us in death. The Psalmist said in Psalm 23:4 that even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we don’t have to fear because God is with us.
God is there when you don’t have the cognitive or spiritual discernment to see Him. He is there when the intensity of abandonment or abuse create isolation and fear to the point where all you are experiencing is the enormity of your feelings. He is there when you face the departure from this life and step into eternity. He is always there!
And by the way, it doesn’t matter how far you try to run away from Him, wherever you wind up, you will find Him there.
God is there, wherever THERE is.
I know this: Wherever He is, I want to be THERE forever. How about you?