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"God the Inescapable"

King, Martin Luther, Jr.
January 1, 1948 to December 31, 1954
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Education


Text: 139th Psalm

Introd—The quest of Modern man to escape God.

How do men attempt to escape God? The Psmst gives the ways men attempt to escape in his assertions of how man cant escape God

  1. If l ascnt to the heavens. Many many attempt to [ascend to?] to a heaven of perfection, of absolute justice in which God is not wanted. The heaven of utopia.

  2. If I make Sheol my bed, thou art there.1 Sheol, the habitation of the dead, is where man often runs to escape God. There are those who long for death in order to escape the divine command. But death is no escape

  3. Go to the ends of the sea. This is the way in which our technical civilization tries to liberate itself from God. Going ahead and ahead conquering more space, always active, always planning. But God hands have fallen upon us, it has fallen heavil and destructively on our fleeting civilization

  4. If I say darkness shall covr me, night shall hide me all around, yet darkness is not darness to thee, the night is as bright as the day. Fleeing into darkness or forgetting God is no escape from him. Even if you deny him he gives you the truth to make the denial.

Conc. That's Conclusion: There is no escape from God by forgetting him. “Where could I go from thy Spirit, where could I flee from thy face.” Let your minds like maddening water run back to the sea of divinity. Just as we cant be lawless without law we cant be Godless without God.

1.Sheol is the Hebrew word for “afterlife.”


CSKC-INP, Coretta Scott King Collection, In Private Hands, Sermon file, folder 63, ''Fleeing from God & When God Seems to Deceive Us."