Study Guide – Psalm 139:7-12



7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you. NIV


Why might someone want to try to get away from God’s Spirit?


Could someone ever be successful at getting away from God’s Spirit? Why or why not?


Take a moment to describe each location mentioned in verses 7-12. Try to find relevant examples of these “places” in your own life.


In verse 11, why might someone want to hide from God in the “darkness”?


In your opinion, does the writer of this psalm seem relieved or alarmed by God’s nearness and omnipresence? Why do you think so?


Which aspects of these verses seem comforting and which seem convicting?



Considering that God wants to draw closer to you today, pray about both the comforting and convicting realities of God’s omnipresence.

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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