David sang as the shepherd boy, who tore apart the lion and bear while watching over his father’s sheep. He overcame terrible odds with a sling shot and five smooth stones. These early years of David appear picturesque. He is simply the youngest boy in the family, easily overlooked; he is oddly described as a ruddy (blushing) youth with fair countenance, when compared to his hulking warrior brothers (1 Samuel 16:12).This expert harpist who made music under the blue skies alone among sheep had not a care in the world as he knew God was with him. Yet years down the line David the King penned down Psalm 139.
Psalm 139 is about Gods perfect knowledge and His presence in David’s life. David feels Gods eyes searching him and knowing him. “O LORD You have searched me and known me…You know my thoughts afar off… you comprehend my path…my every word”
“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.”
David feels a perfect omniscient God looking at him and seeing all of his substance and essence. He is awed by Gods perfect knowledge of him. Even David doesn’t know himself as clearly as God does and that makes David want to fly away and hide.
“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.”
David gets desperate as he comprehends that Gods presence and his attention in his life is great and overwhelming.
“If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”
In the next verse David hypothesises if darkness suddenly fell on him and tried to blot him out of Gods vision even darkness will fail to hide David from the God who embodies light. The God who has eyes like fire and sits on a throne of glory, separates d.arkness and light from the very begining
“and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. (Genesis 1:3,4,5).
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (John 1:5)
Yet here the Psalmist says the darkness and the light are the same to God. But the key here is God’s light pierces the darkness so as to be with David.
In Mark 15 we see a darkness that suddenly covers the land. Mark 15 is also describing the mocking, scourging, crucifixion and death of Christ.
In the third hour they crucified Him. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
The light of the world died out, in that darkness, abandoned. Heaven looked away from Christ who had no sin in him, as He gave himself up to become sin. Here was a darkness that God did not rend in pursuit of someone beloved.
Sometimes we feel like David did in psalm 139. Sometimes the purpose and destiny, God calls us to, may be so overwhelming, that we may want to run and hide. Sometimes our own sin or weaknesses may make us feel so dirty, that we would like to cower away from Gods sight. But we don’t have to hide from God because we feel soiled. Jesus did that instead of us. To be removed from Gods presence cost him a greater price than our mind can comprehend. He is the light of the world. His resurrection was glorious. His ascension was glorious. There is no darkness that can hold him for He shines as day through it. On the cross the light may have winked out, but the glory of his resurrection shines through forever more.
In John 8:12 Jesus says “ I am the light of the world: Whoever follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” We don’t have to hide from God anymore. We can go to him just as we are because of what Christ accomplished. We can join Him in the light fearlessly because of Jesus.