Nearer To God

This psalm is an acrostic poem. Each stanza begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord, and I will obey your decrees.
146 I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.
150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law.
151 Yet you are near, Lord, and all your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever. Psalm 119:145-152

Though we can’t touch God, we can certainly feel His presence in our lives. After all, the Holy Spirit dwells in us so we should always feel His presence, right?

That definitely should be the case but it’s not always so. Sin and the cares of the world creep in and crowd out that relationship. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

As we yield ourselves to Christ every day, we realize that wherever we go, the Spirit of God is with us. He’s already with us but as we commune with Him, we are more apt to recognize that truth and accept it (and in many cases we simply remember it). Then when we’re tempted to say or do something that doesn’t square with the Word of God, He puts a “check” in our Spirit that it’s not right. Perhaps this “check” is a warning to just examine the situation more closely or just a pause to think about what we really want to say, but it’s there for our protection. God has an infinite number of ways of loving us, and one of those ways is to warn us.

In verse 151, the psalmist wrote: “yet you are near, Lord …”

Yes, He is near.

He’s nearer than we can imagine.

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