The thing about rebellion is that it’s supposed to be actions against the people who rule over us. When the South seceded from the Union and formed the Confederacy, they were labeled rebels. When the original thirteen colonies, went to war with England, we were considered rebels. When Han Solo and Luke Skywalker blew up the Death Star, if they hadn’t been before, they were officially rebels. By definition rebellion is doing exactly what authority tells you not to do.
Except when it isn’t.
In church tonight, Pastor David was teaching from Psalm 139. When we read verses nine and ten, something hit me that had never hit me before.
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:9-10 ESV)
When I’ve read this before, it usually registered in my mind that no matter how far I go, he is still with me. Which it does mean that. But tonight, when I read it my mind flashed back to when our men’s group studied through Revelation. Some of the commentary I read while we studied through that book said that the sea often symbolizes sinful humanity. So when Daniel and John saw beasts that rose up out of the sea, it symbolized that these beasts rose from the midst of sinful, rebellious humanity.
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea . . .
Taking the wings of morning means that the author wants to fly somewhere as fast as possible. Where is he flying? To the uttermost parts of the sea where he may dwell. If you apply the humanity metaphor to the sea in this verse, this means, quite literally, that he’s going to run as far and as fast into rebellion as he can and live there! Wow! That puts a whole new dimension on it, but verse ten is where it gets really tough.
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
Do you know what that means? If you belong to Jesus, even in your deepest rebellion God’s hand is not only holding you, but also leading you! In other words, if you belong to Jesus, even your rebellion isn’t what you think it is. You can’t even rebel the way you want to! You know why? You are not your own; you were bought with a price! The moment you handed your life over to Christ, you handed over your rebellion as well!
What does it all mean? Simply put, stop running. God cannot be shook, he can not be lost. Have you been running from Jesus? Have you known his commandment, yet chose to do otherwise? Stop wasting your life! God isn’t even running to catch you because he doesn’t have to. He’s been with you the whole time! You can’t even rebel because even in your rebellion, his hand guides and holds you. Turn about, face your Lord, confess your rebellion (he knows about it anyways), and resolve to pursue him with a greater passion than you had for your rebellion!