These middle verses of Psalm 139 explore the question of escape.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?
If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I lie down in Sheol, there you are.
If I take the wings of dawn
and dwell beyond the sea,
Even there your hand guides me,
your right hand holds me fast.
If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me,
and night shall be my light”—
Darkness is not dark for you,
and night shines as the day.
Darkness and light are but one.
Today we would contrast outer space and inner space, or among the stars and the deep interior of the Earth. Geography is no hindrance for God’s presence. Nor is the contrast of light and dark.
What do these middle verses tell us? It matters little where we are, or what we’ve done. God searches us out. His pursuit is relentless and he is always ready to guide us.