Where can I go from His presence?

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. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me”, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. Ps.139:7-12 NIV

It’s good news or bad news, depending how you view that Spirit, but the chase is on. See the book of Jonah for how such things turn out, or read The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson which begins like this:

I fled Him down the nights and down the days
I fled Him down the arches of the years
I fled Him down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind, and in the midst of tears
I hid from him, and under running laughter….

But with unhurrying chase and unperturbe’d pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat, and a Voice beat,
More instant than the feet:
All things betray thee who betrayest me.

I’ve been copying lines from Thompson’s poem of late and I confess some of them still baffle me as the English is a little archaic. (Francis Thompson lived from 1859-1907.) But ahhh the ending is SO worth the wading through the wording. You can find the full text here: http://houndofheaven.com/poem.
Or if you prefer you can listen to it read by David Suchet here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTiUMy10TRg

And when you have digested that a bit, here is a BEAUTIFUL modern adaptation of the same. Tender and compelling. Simply beautiful, as is the One who pursues us for our greatest good. Enjoy.

–LS

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