“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.”
David had a deep understanding about what it meant to be loved by God.
Here was a man who accomplished great things for God. He stood up to and defeated the Philistine champion. He honored Saul even though he was trying to kill David. He killed tens of thousands of the enemies of God. He established the kingdoms of Judah and Israel. He drew up plans for the temple of God. He was even called a man after God’s heart.
David had a dark side as well. He committed adultery with the wife of one of his trusted generals. He tried to cover up his sin, devised a plan, and ordered Bathsheba’s husband Uriah killed. He lied to the prophet of God, tried to vindicate himself before God, and allowed pride to control his heart.
David had his ups and downs.
His times of passionately pursuing God, and times where he deliberately disobeyed.
And yet, he knew he was loved.
Before David accomplished anything, before he performed great exploits, before he sinned and fell and had to face the consequences of his choices, he had a revelation about God’s love.
No matter where he went, no matter what he did, God was still there.
Whether David found himself in the heavens, pursuing God with all he had, obeying His commands, growing his relationship, and doing everything a good God-follower is meant to do, or whether he turned his back, made his bed in the depths of sin, despair, and darkness, God was there.
God wasn’t going to leave David.
He wasn’t going to abandon him.
He wouldn’t love David any more or any less based on what he did.
And it changed David’s life.
God’s love transcends our actions.
Goes beyond our choices.
And pursues us whether we pursue Him or not.
We are loved and we are accepted by the God of the universe.
Whether we go up to the heavens, or make our bed in the depths.
He will pursue us, He will find us, and He will love and accept us no matter what we’ve done.
So, my brothers and sisters, as you journey towards the cross this Lenten season, may you find the overwhelming love of God pursuing you. May you realize you are loved and accepted no matter what you have done. And may you, as you embrace that love, find the strength to cast off every sin and passionately pursue Him in return.
Where in your life do you need to be reminded that you are loved and accepted?