Psalm 145:18

The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
    to all who call on Him in truth.
Psalm 145:18
Neighbors call out hellos from the sidewalk, but they don’t cross the street. In the grocery aisles, one-way arrows keep us from crossing paths with other shoppers and plexiglass separates us from familiar cashiers. If we’re fortunate enough to visit grandparents, we wave from their driveways or the parking lots of senior living communities. We attend classes on Zoom, but we can’t whisper to the friend sitting beside us. And if we find ourselves in the emergency room with the Coronavirus, we enter the hospital completely, utterly, alone.

But the Lord is near to all who call on Him.
 
As much as we might feel it, we are not alone.
 
During these days of quarantine, self-isolation, and social distancing; I love what Luke writes in Acts 17: 26-28.
 
     And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face
     of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their
     dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way
     toward Him and find Him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for
     ‘In Him we live and move and have our being’ . . .  

It comforts me to know that our Creator God is not confined to closed church buildings, but that He is omnipresent, everywhere around us, and that His Holy Spirit lives within all of us who believe. I need to be reminded that it is God who gives us life and breath and everything, and that He determined when and where we would live, from Wuhan, China to Des Moines, Iowa. He has established the nations’ boundaries, and He knew that we would be confined to the boundaries of our homes on a snowy day in April 2020.

God did all of this so that we would seek Him, feel our way toward Him and find Him. I love knowing that God is not far from each one of us, that in Him we live and move and have our being.

We may stand six feet apart from each other, but our Emmanuel God is with us. And in His Word to us, He reminds us again and again that He will never leave us or forsake us.
 
Psalm 145 is a song of praise for God’s greatness, His mighty acts, His majesty, His abundant goodness, His grace and mercy and love, and His nearness. Let’s sing this song of praise today, remembering all that God is and that He is near to all who call on Him in truth.
Rebecca Janni | Author