I recently did a talk on a very familiar Psalm. Psalm 139 is the quintessential treatise on a good, good God and the blessing of being his people. In it we see a loving Father who is always there no matter where we are:
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV)
This is the hound of heaven who loves us so very much that he gave his only Son to die for us. As I pondered these verses, the words to an old song came to my mind. I Googled the lyrics so that I could know exactly what they were, and discovered they were written in just five minutes in a time of distress:
O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
O Light that foll’west all my way,
I yield my flick’ring torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.
O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.
O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be. George Matheson
That love that will not let you go is certain. You cannot get away from the One who is always there. But, why would you want to?