The Hound of Heaven

Psalm 139 verses 7 and 8 (The Message Version): Is there any place I can go to be out of Your sight? If I climb to the sky, you are there! If I go underground, you are there!

I vividly remember a late preacher often referring to Francis Thompson’s 182-line poem ‘The Hound of Heaven’ in his teachings. The heavy alliteration of the ‘h’ sound in the title literally pounded on my heart as it mimicked the footsteps of God chasing me down.

Thompson brilliantly captures David’s feeling of being hunted down and hemmed in by God in Psalm 139. I strongly suggest you read or listen to the whole Psalm here.

All of us in one way or another have had one or two ‘Jonah’ moments in our lives where we did everything within our power to run in the opposite direction from God. Like petulant children, we dig our heels in, GPS in hand and stubbornly set out on our journey to a far country.

In Psalm 139, David eloquently expresses the lesson Jonah learnt in the belly of the fish: there is no hiding from the all-seeing, all-knowing God.

"Where can I go from Your Spirit? 
Or where can I flee from Your presence? 
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there." 
Psalm 139:7,8

There is no hiding from the all-seeing, all knowing God.

If like Jonah, you’re attempting to be the captain of your life and so you row with all your strength against God’s instructions, then the omniscience of God is a threatening thing.

His word to you today is stop.

Stop because you’re wasting precious energy and time running away from the One who created you and knows your very next thought before you even composed it. Stop because your rebellion will only lead you to the belly of the fish – a place of discomfort, fear and isolation. Stop because He loves you.

The Hound of Heaven could be the thundering of the prophetic or the still small nudge of the Spirit in your heart.

Unvarnished truth

You might even be a believer but you have managed to deaden your conscience or spiritual ears to a call of God over your life either because it doesn’t quite fit into the nice life you planned for yourself or you feel grossly under qualified for it.

I encourage you to start being sensitive to the Hound of Heaven drawing you back to God’s perfect purpose for you.

It could be in the thundering of the prophetic or the stillness of a quiet nudge in your soul. It could be disguised as wise advice from a dear friend. It could even be this blog post right here, right now. The Hound of Heaven is calling you to wake up and embrace your calling in God.

I’m reminded of lines from Cory Asbury’s powerful song ‘Reckless Love’

There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me

There it is folks. The Hound of Heaven is reminding you today that God is incredibly passionate about you knowing Him. There is no valley too deep, no height too great for Him to reach you.

When He comes for you, He picks up every mountain of excuses in the way and rolls them away like pebbles.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that life is painfully fragile and therefore, we must live with a sense of urgency and purpose.

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