Even when we choose hell, the presence of God is able to penetrate that darkness. In Psalm 139:8, David says, “…even if I make my bed in hell” – noting that sometimes we, sadly, do deliberately walk away from the Lord and find that all hell breaks loose in our lives. However, in spite of our own poor choices, or even our willful disobedience, the presence of God is stronger.
When we fall into sin and walk out the inevitable, natural consequences of those choices, worship is usually the last thing you’ll think of, or want to do but that’s a trap! It’s the enemy’s strategy to disconnect you from God to make you think that worship is not enough to help anything, or that worship is inappropriate when you’re in sin or that you can’t worship because you have strayed too far from God. Not true! Worship is exactly what you need, which is why the enemy is trying so hard to convince you otherwise.
It’s the enemy’s strategy to disconnect you from God to make you think that worship is not enough to help anything, or that worship is inappropriate when you’re in sin or that you can’t worship because you have strayed too far from God
“…even if I MAKE my bed in hell”, David wrote – and certainly he knew what it was like! David had made some fantastically poor choices in spite of his obviously deep and devoted love for God- and he had figured out that restoring his connection to the presence of God was exactly what he needed to move forward. David had a lifestyle of worship. He had disciplined himself to instinctively turn to worship in all seasons- good, bad and ugly and in spite of his missteps, he was still known as the man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) because he did what the Lord asked him to do.
Thought for today
If you’re in hell in your life right now because you chose to make your bed there, get immediately into the powerful presence of God through worship. You don’t have to choose to stay in hell. God is there with you and He will help you as you walk forward out of it. He dwells in the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3) and if there’s ever a place you need His presence- hell would be it!