Part 4: God is Sovereign and Ubiquitous
Sometimes we think God is not there. That is not possible because God is Ubiquitous, and cannot deny His own nature! What is Ubiquitous you may ask? Well, that means He is omnipresent, or present everywhere at the same time. Some people confuse this attribute of God with a concept that states, “if God is everywhere, then everything is God.” That is simply not true. God’s holiness, and omnipresence, tell us that He may be available everywhere, but it doesn’t make Him part of us. He may have created us, but we are separate beings.
Sometimes we think He is not there. That is our mistake. While God may not seem to answer every prayer, He does in one of three ways: Yes, no, or not yet. When the answer is “yes,” it is obvious; and of course, “no” can be disappointing. Finally, the answer “not yet” can be troublesome for an impatient human.
All of these answers have a purpose. We know these things about God: His law is perfect, He doesn’t change, and He is faithful to His people. Because we know this, we can conclude that God wants the best for us. Unfortunately, for us waiting is torture. One good way to “bide the time” while awaiting his answer would be to praise Him for His sovereignty. Show God how you are waiting for His answer.
David did this all the time in spite of how he “felt.” David’s feelings did not drive his life. His faith in a sovereign God did. In verse 1-2, we see David “feels” abandoned and His situation is dire. He uses the words that Christ would later use on the cross when he died for our sin.
In verses 3-8, David remembers God’s nature, His faithfulness to His people in spite of how the situation looks to the casual observer. In verses 9-11, David recounts God’s faithfulness to him from the beginning of his childhood. David strengthens when he recalls God’s work in his life.
Verses 12-19 are a parallel to Christ on the cross; however, in David’s situation he describes his peril to God, and commits himself to God’s sovereignty. He awaits God’s answer, and implores God to come quickly. In verses 20 -31, in spite of the feelings he has, David extols the greatness of the Lord. He asks people to join him in praising God for His mighty works. David expresses expectant anticipation of God’s great answer to his prayer. Do you praise him in your time of need? What’s stopping you?