“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.” (Psalm 139:9-10)
No matter where or how far away we go, God’s hand is always guiding us. This is a truth that especially hits home with those who are called to ministry overseas. Even there, even half way around the world, we are sure that God is still God and is holding us fast.
As with all of God’s Word, there is much more that can be applied from this precious verse than just the obvious. Sometimes the “far side of the sea” can be right where we are now, smack dab in the middle of everyday life. Sometimes, we may be feeling as if there’s a huge distance between us and God. External circumstances are overwhelming us. We feel as if we’re losing our grip on things. In the middle of all that, God is reminding us in essence that “nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 39) He is promising us that even if our grip might slip, He will continue to hold us fast and we can walk safely in the light of His guidance.
In other words, this passage in Psalm 139 is a word from God that comforts us right now in our everyday lives. But for those who go do the Lord’s work in faraway regions of the world, the verses may be an even greater comfort. They are a reminder that God is always with us, guiding us, holding us fast. His word is consistent and proves over and over again that we can trust His promises, that we can rest in His salvation, that we can know we are His. He is with us, and always will be. He will never forsake us or leave us.
Without Him we have no direction, nothing on which we can stand. With Him, our foundation is sure. He is holding us fast in His hand!